Owner of gold supercar fleet hit by parking fines totalling hundreds of pounds
Published 30/03/2016 | 15:41
The owner of a fleet of gold supercars has been hit with hundreds of pounds in parking fines.
A gold Lamborghini Aventador, Rolls Royce, Mercedes G63 6x6 and Bentley Flying Spur caused a stir even in the swanky Knightsbridge area they were parked in, with dozens of people stopping to take photos on their mobile phones.
The Lamborghini had two separate penalty notices for Tuesday and Wednesday slipped under its wiper blade, while the Mercedes and Bentley each had one.
The fines of £80 each time, reduced to £40 if paid within 14 days, mean the owner, reportedly from Saudi Arabia, owes the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as much as £320.
The vehicles could even be removed and fines increased if the charges go unpaid.
The cars were parked in Cadogan Place, outside the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel, in Knightsbridge, central London - just yards away from an NCP car park.
Costing £50 for 24 hours, the car park housed non-gold Bentleys, Audis and a Ferrari on Wednesday.
Staff at the five-star hotel remained tight-lipped about the owner, refusing to say whether they were a guest.
Outside, members of the public stood in the road to get the best angle for their photos.
Among those capturing a memento was Charlotte Eaton, from London.
She said of the cars: "They are incredible, they're amazing - I mean they're disgusting, you wouldn't want one.
"It's ridiculous, but I suppose when you've got that sort of money, you don't give a damn.
"They could get keyed - they are asking for trouble."
The cars appeared to be parked in pay-and-display bays and ward councillor Timothy Coleridge said he would raise the issue with the council's parking department.
He added: "It's very rare that anyone would leave their car in a pay-and-display bay and leave it for more than a day as they risk the chance of it being towed away.
"No one has done this before. Normally they rent a garage rather than park them in the street.
"We would not differentiate between somebody with a gold Rolls or a beaten-up Renault 5."
If a car is towed it can cost £200 to release it from the vehicle pound.
Last year, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea banned on motorists from revving engines, sudden acceleration and racing on Knightsbridge streets.
The Public Spaces Protection Order, introduced in November following complaints by residents, also means drivers could be fined for leaving the engine running while stationary and playing music loudly.