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Chelsea's "noise cameras" switched on 130 drivers with loud engines in the first eleven days


Supercar boy racers get a slap on the wrists: Chelsea's "noise cameras" have caught 130 drivers with loud engines in the first eleven days since they were turned on … but EVERYONE is told they'll have to pay £ 100 if they did get caught again

  • Supercar drivers use the streets of London as a race track to show off their fancy cars
  • The "noise cameras" caught more than 130 drivers with loud engines
  • They were only turned on by Kensington and Chelsea Council on September 22nd
  • Drivers will receive a warning and will be fined £ 100 for the next offense

More than 130 cars have already fallen victim to the "noise cameras" set up in Chelsea to catch annoying supercars driving around with their engines.

Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council installed the cameras on September 22nd and the cameras were activated more than 130 times in the first 11 days since they were turned on.

One of the cameras recorded a car turning its engine at 104 dB, a noise level similar to a helicopter passing by, while a Range Rover on Sloane Street triggered a camera at just 100 dB.

Disgruntled local residents said the high-end area has become a magnet for Lamborghini and Ferrari drivers who use the streets of London like a "racetrack" – agonizing local residents grappling with the "annoying and irritating" sound of engines turning have to accept.

A warning will be issued to drivers advising that they will be fined £ 100 for the next crime.

The "noise cameras" (see image above) automatically start recording footage when they detect engine noise above 80 decibels

Disgruntled Chelsea residents have said that the noise of the supercars worries locals, who have to put up with the "annoying and irritating" sound of engines turning (pictured above: A supercar in London last year).

According to the council, persistent criminals could have their vehicle confiscated in extreme cases.

Kensington and Chelsea took action in 2018 by enacting an ordinance to protect public spaces and issuing 163 fixed criminal charges, increasing the number of local police officers on summer weekends.

However, with 35 reports of annoying noises in the region from engines turning between June and August of this year, that was not enough.

The council is the first to pilot its own noise camera technology, which captures a picture and sound of the vehicle in question when it "hears" above 80 decibels.

Councilor Johnny Thalassites, transport chief, said the council kept hearing from residents who have been stricken with the "annoying and irritating" noise.

Noise cameras are already in use in Canada, Singapore, Australia and the United Arab Emirates, but are new in the UK. (Picture: The view from one of the cameras shows a noisy Range Rover.)

Noise cameras are already in use in Canada, Singapore, Australia and the United Arab Emirates, but are new in the UK. (Picture: The view from one of the cameras shows a noisy Range Rover.)

Cars are being overflown so that their owners can have weeks of fun in the capital and not paralyze the heat at home. (Picture above: The rear of the expensive BMW shows the Qatari license plate and the huge spoiler)

Cars are being overflown so that their owners can have weeks of fun in the capital and not paralyze the heat at home. (Picture above: The rear of the expensive BMW shows the Qatari license plate and the huge spoiler)

WHAT ARE ACOUSTIC CAMERAS?

Since speed cameras are designed to deter fast cars, acoustic cameras will deter noisy cars.

From a technical point of view, all vehicles must comply with the noise protection regulations in order to be able to use the road legally.

However, these rules can be difficult to enforce in practice.

Acoustic cameras are equipped with microphones to record the noise level of passing cars.

When the camera hears a vehicle with a noise of 80 dB, it automatically records eight seconds of video in both directions along the road.

These real-time images are then sent to law enforcement officers who scan the footage for viewing of the license plate.

This is then used to impose a fine – much like a normal traffic camera would do for a parking ticket.

Currently, the legal noise limit for road vehicles is 74 decibels – this corresponds to the noise of a vacuum cleaner during the highest explosion.

He said: “The residents have had enough of drivers who use our roads as a racing track.

“We've been fined for a while, but this new technology in noise cameras will ensure we catch more of the worst offenders.

"Supercars look great and most drivers are considerate, but when they aren't it's disruptive and irritating to the people who live and work in the area."

Many of London's most exclusive streets become “race tracks” for the wealthy in the summer when millionaires launch their expensive vehicles.

The problem usually worsens in the hotter months when affluent Arabs flee the scorching temperatures of the Middle East and cruise through London. The rich Kuwaitis, Saudis and Emiratis are trying to outdo each other as to who can own the fanciest sports car.

The spectacle also attracts avid auto spotters to see the bespoke vehicles.

Owners of the cars tend to ship their machines in the months leading up to summer so they are here when they arrive in July and August.

Owners fly their expensive and often very bespoke vehicles to the UK for a vacation, costing over a quarter of a million pounds.

Wealthy owners pay a small fortune – more than £ 20,000 for a return trip – to fly their vehicles over 3,000 miles and often leave them parked in some of London's most desirable locations.

Noise cameras are already in use in Canada, Singapore, Australia and the United Arab Emirates, but are new in the UK.

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