Anti-social driving in central London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-06-17
Session date: 
June 17, 2015
Reference: 
2015/1991
Question By: 
Victoria Borwick
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Local residents in Knightsbridge are often blighted during the summer months by drivers in supercars who behave in an anti-social way, and have a complete disregard for the rules of the road. As we approach the summer, when the majority of these instances occur, what more can the Metropolitan Police Service do to crack down on drivers using some areas of London as their own personal race course?

Answer

Answer for Anti-social driving in central London

Answer for Anti-social driving in central London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Activity has concentrated on multi-agency approaches including prevention, enforcement and community engagement.  Examples include:

       Individuals stopped asked by letter to moderate noise and drive considerately

       Pursuing Community Penalty Notices with statements from residents and local businesses to justify their use. This allows vehicle noise to be classed as ASB and subject to such notices;

       Establishing a Community Police Team, comprising 41 police officers, tasked to tackle vehicle-related ASB in the affected wards, working alongside Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Council enforcement officers; and

       The Council is also considering establishing a Public Space Protection Order to tackle vehicle nuisance in the most affected areas of Brompton and Hans Town ward.

       Local Newsletter being sent out again with notification of what Police are doing and asking for intelligence and information.

The primary issue complained about revolves around Noise. Due to the fact that the vehicles are high performance they emit large amounts of noise when the engine is revved. This is made particularly noticeable in that the area this occurs in, which despite having a large amount of traffic, is fairly quiet generally.

Police and Partnership Action - The Police service has undertaken numerous joint Operations with the council based on prevention and enforcement. Since May dedicated patrols by the local NPT have resulted in up to 20 officers at various times being tasked to the area.

In the last two years 15 operations have been conducted and 13 vehicles seized for No Insurance, totalling over £2 million pounds. In previous years a significant number of vehicles were uninsured, which resulted in the seizure of a number of these. However this has reduced and now only around 5% of all vehicles stopped have no insurance or drivers who are driving other than in accordance with their licence. In most cases this is due to a mistake by the owner rather than anything deliberate.