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Arab super-cars under crackdown in London streets

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Walking through the streets of London it is difficult to miss the plethora of super-cars lining the streets, particularly in areas such as Knightsbridge and Mayfair, Al Arabiya Net reported.

The supercar phenomenon, described as the “Ramadan Rush,” has seen more than 50 cars from Qatar driving in the luxury postcode, sometimes causing traffic jams and perturbing commuters.

This appeared to have upset the Scotland Yard.

Arab eyewitnesses said police have started cracking down on these cars with financial fines, wheel clamps, or removals from the streets.

A crackdown on insurance-evaders has seen a particular focus on cars shipped over from Qatar, according to a report by Al Arabiya Net.

Nawaf al-Mutairi, from Kuwait, told Al Arabiya that what happens on the streets of London during the summer is “more like a luxury car festival.”

Mutairi added that many of these cars are from Qatar and that Londoners are becoming fed up with the disturbance they tend to cause.

He said he has seen many of these cars being fined, wheel-clamped or removed and taken to the car pound.

Police recently wheel-clamped a Koenigsegg CCXR car worth more than $3 million and a Lamborghini Murciélago worth more than $400,000, according to the Al Arabiya Net report.

Over the past few years, the British media have focused on the “supercar season,” with British television channel, “Channel 4,” creating a documentary called “Millionaire Boy Racers.”

In part, this is due to Knightsbridge residents’ complaints about the erratic driving of the supercars at excessive speeds.

An article published in the Evening Standard in July drew readers’ attention to a recent high-profile “car snatch.”

A Lamborghini reportedly owned by a wealthy Arab was seized by police and is currently being used to decorate a famous landmark in London, said the Evening Standard.

The car, which is valued at around $500,000 (the price of a 4- bed house in England), has been impounded by police because the driver allegedly had no insurance. It has been put on display outside of Scotland Yard (Metropolitan Police Service Headquarters).

What’s more, the “glow in the dark” purple Lamborghini Aventador could be destined to end up in the “crusher” after it was seized in Knightsbridge, a wealthy district in London.

The car could find itself suffering a similar fate to the scores of cars seized by police - crushed - if the owner decides not to pay a fine and provide details of up-to-date insurance.

The Lamborghini, which was seized in a location near London’s famous store Harrods, was taken as part of the police’s crackdown, “Operation Cubo,” on illegal drivers.

Operation Cubo has so far taken place on 20 separate days, with 656 vehicles seized one day last month and a total of 10,318 vehicles since October 2011, reported the Evening Standard.