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Smiling passers-by look on as £2m fleet of supercars parked in Covent Garden are ALL slapped with fines

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 22/08/2017 Francesca Gillett, Patrick Grafton-Green

<span style="color:#888888;font-family:'Fira Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;">The Bugatti Veyron, which sells for &pound;1.3 million upwards, parked in Covent Garden.</span>

The Bugatti Veyron, which sells for £1.3 million upwards, parked in Covent Garden.
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An entire fleet of supercars was slapped with fines in front of smiling passers-by after they illegally parked in London’s Covent Garden.

At least five luxury motors – including a Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Bugatti worth over £1 million alone - caused a stir when they were left in the busy tourist hotspot in central London on Sunday evening.

Passers-by were wowed by the dazzling array of high-end vehicles. Dozens of car enthusiasts stopped to take photographs and selfies.

But the expensive supercars, with a total value estimated at around £2 million, were slapped with parking fines after being left on double yellow lines and, in one case, a disabled bay.

One witness captured a traffic warden leaving penalty notices on the windscreens of each of the vehicles one after the other.

<span style="color:#888888;font-family:'Fira Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;">The Ferrari F12, priced at around &pound;240,000.</span> © Provided by Independent Print Limited The Ferrari F12, priced at around £240,000. The bystander, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Standard: “What struck me as a passer-by was how little these men cared about what they were doing.

“They didn’t care at all, one of them parked in a disabled bay, but just stepped out their cars revelling in the attention people were giving him and their wonderful cars.

“It’s not correct for them to behave like that.”

The cars were parked in the Covent Garden piazza, next to the London Transport Museum. They included a Ferrari F12, which sells for around £239,000, a £135,000 Bentley Bentayga and a £270,000 Lamborghini Aventador.

Also spotted was a Rolls Royce Phantom, estimated to cost around £347,256, as well as the exclusive Bugatti Veyron which can be bought second hand for a hefty price tag of anywhere between £1.2 and £1.4 million.

Each summer, wealthy supercar owners from Middle Eastern countries including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar arrive in London for their annual holiday to escape the sweltering heat back home.

They bring with them their luxury cars, shipped over to the capital at a huge cost, for the so-called supercar “season” before driving around affluent areas of London including Knightsbridge and outside luxury department store Harrods.

<span style="color:#888888;font-family:'Fira Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;">A traffic warden issuing parking fines for the&nbsp;</span><span class="scayt-misspell-word" data-scayt-lang="en_GB" data-scayt-word="supercars" style="box-sizing:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;border:0px;font-variant-numeric:inherit;font-size:14px;line-height:inherit;font-family:'Fira Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;vertical-align:baseline;color:#888888;">supercars</span><span style="color:#888888;font-family:'Fira Sans', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:14px;">.</span> © Provided by Independent Print Limited A traffic warden issuing parking fines for the supercars. Car enthusiasts often head to the city to spot and photograph the flash cars and their owners.

In previous years the influx of luxury cars has caused controversy, with rich owners complaining that a police crackdown on anti-social driving left them being “treated like criminals” and residents moaning about the noise of engines.

Met Police officers have the power to disperse or even seize the high-powered cars.

The Standard has contacted Westminster Council for comment.

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