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

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.

“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.