DRIVERS of flash cars now face paying £100 fine for making too much noise.
It comes as the deafening noises can affect those who suffer from serious health issues such as high blood pressure, stress, and heart attacks.
Acoustic cameras that have been installed for the first time in a London borough have caught 289 motorists driving at more than 100 decibels, with the legal limit being 72 for cars registered since 2016.
Exposure to more than 85 dB for long periods of time can cause permanent hearing damage.
The four cameras that were installed in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, were triggered by nearly 10,000 cars between June 2021 and February 2022, according to the Sunday Times.
The loudest vehicle was a Lamborghini that recorded 112.9dB.
The ones that were most frequently caught were BMW's followed by Lamborghini, Mercedes, Ferrari, Audi and Land Rovers.
A similar scheme, which was launched in Westminster last month, has already caught a motorist recording 111.1dBs.
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Both boroughs issue offenders with fixed penalty notices of £100, excluding emergency services and those who had reasonable reasons, such as using their horn to avoid a collision.
The councils hope the fines will help tackle the problem of noise pollution caused by loud cars, especially in city centres where drivers arrange "car meets" to show off their engines and perform stunts.
A Kensington and Chelsea councillor, Johnny Thalassites told the newspaper: “It’s not about punishing ordinary people who are trying to get around the city to do their business.
"If you’re driving in a sensible way, this should not catch you out.”
Local authorities in Manchester and Brighton have also made inquiries about introducing a similar scheme.
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