Council says new noise cameras fining drivers £100 will not impact classic car owners

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The council has confirmed classic cars who are driving sensibly will not be instantly hit with penalties even if they break the new decibel limits. The reassurances come after the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will expand noise cameras across the borough in a bid to reduce antisocial behaviour.

The new rule means cameras will flash drivers once a vehicle exceeds 74 decibels.

Classics are typically louder than modern vehicles with a historic Ford GT producing up to 100 decibels.

Other popular classics such as a TVR Griffith and Ferrari F40 can be capable of up to 98 decibels.

However, Councilor Johnny Thalassites told Express.co.uk classic cars were not the target of the new machines.

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He said drivers would need to “consciously” look to break the noise rules to be penalised and added “sensible” motorists were unlikely to be fined.

He said: “I don’t think the aim is to target any individual kind of vehicle as such.

“I quite like seeing supercars and things on our streets if they are driving responsibly.

“It’s great that people come over the world to visit Kensington and Chelsea and visit Knightsbridge and see everything we have to offer here.

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“But we just want to make sure our residents can have a good night sleep, so it’s a balance.

“I think with classic cars, if you’re driving sensibly, you’re not going to be hitting the decibel thresholds that we are looking at.

“You really do have to be driving in a way that sort of consciously designed to produce this enormous noise to be causing a trigger on the cameras.”

The Council said the cameras were not automated and people would go back to look at all footage.

They said the noise cameras would trigger cameras to help the council find nuisance drivers.

Things which may lead to a fine would be stunts and rapid acceleration rather than just having a noisy car.

Until now, only two noise cameras had been installed in Knightsbridge.

However, the new noise cameras were expanded after mass support from a recent consultation of residents.

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A total of 444 people or 93 percent of those surveyed said they strongly supported the cameras to address anti-social behaviour.

A total of 84 percent or 401 people said they backed extending the scheme for another three years and expanding the order to cover all 18 wards in the borough.

In the consultation, residents had moaned about noise in the area and warned it was affecting their “quality of life”.

One resident from Redcliffe Ward said: “Such cars have rigged exhausts that produce incredibly high noises similar to gunfire, with their drivers taking proud in maximising the noise while racing or queueing at traffic lights.

“This ASB is causing much distress on all residents in the area, and in particular those families with small babies like us.”

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