A fed up Westminster council has carried out ‘special operations’ in a bid to crack down on parked supercars. The City Council’s traffic marshals were sent with tow trucks to tackle supercars and luxury vehicles left parked on yellow lines and disabled bays with series of operations being held around Covenant Garden, Central London.
Lamborghinis, Ferraris and custom Rolls Royce Phantoms are some of the luxury cars that they were caught out during the operation. This crack-down comes as a result of complaints by Westminster residents during the summer months about the illegal parking and inconsiderate behaviour of the luxurious supercar owners.
The car owners who are mainly from UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia usually pay over £20,000 for a return flight ticket to get their metal marvels flown for almost 3,000 miles & then leave them parked most of the time in the streets of London.
To tackle this problem, the Council carried out three operations around the affected roads including Bedford and Henrietta Streets. Each operation lasted for eight hours and it involved teams of traffic wardens tackling wrongly parked vehicles.
There was a team of 6 traffic marshals with a tow truck to handle vehicles that needed to be relocated. In some cases, during the operation, the marshals had to tow some of the cars while in others they simply directed the drivers to where they can park legally.
The aim of the operation was to prevent illegal car parking and to make traffic management easier. During the three operations, the traffic marshals handled hundreds of cars of which 78 of them were supercars. 19 Penalty Charge Notices were handed to luxury vehicles and four were issued specifically to supercars. The same custom made Rolls Royce Phantom was found wrongly parked on double yellow lines in two operations and it was issued with a fine both times.
Illegal parking of Supercars and luxury vehicles is a summer issue that usually affects Westminster and the surrounding boroughs. This summer only, Westminster council’s parking marshals have ticketed several luxury vehicles and supercars for parking illegally including Bentleys, Mercedes, Maseratis, Rolls Royces and Range Rovers.
Councillor Danny Chalkey who is the Cabinet Member for City Highways said that it’s unfortunate that some drivers think that owning huge, expensive and high performance vehicles exempts them from obeying the parking rules. He also added that summer months make some motorists to think that central London is a race track with no rules, and while it’s great to see the impressive cars around, all drivers must abide by the rules.
Qatar Airways is one of the airlines that ship these luxury vehicles from Doha to Heathrow. These precious cargos are usually carried by one of their A330 Airbuses. On each flight, the airline has 31 positions on the main and lower deck.
Even after paying huge sums of money to transport their machines halfway around the globe, the cost of parking tickets is very unlikely to trouble these supercar owners. But once they are here, some of these vehicles quickly attract the attention of the police as well because of their incorrect registration plates, insurance and breaching of parking regulations.
Initial feedback from members of the public has been positive with many of them thanking the marshals for their good work.