Residents in a quiet West London town are furious after vandals deflated the tires of more than 20 luxury cars in their latest protest against ‘gas guzzler’ cars.
Range Rovers, Bentleys and Porsches were among the cars targeted at Sands End, Fulham, on Monday night, by a group known as ‘The Tire Extinguishers’.
But locals have blasted the climate watchdog group for their harsh approach, suggesting they are targeting the ‘wrong people’.
A man, who owns a renewable natural gas company, had his Range Rover van punctured by eco-zealots.
He told MailOnline: ‘I’m angry to be honest. It’s very disappointing.
‘Stupidity like this is short sighted and has no context. They do not target other vehicles even though they may have high carbon emissions.’
Residents in a quiet West London town are outraged after vandals slashed the tires of more than 20 luxury cars in their latest environmental protest.
Range Rovers, Bentleys and Porsches were among the cars targeted at Sands End, Fulham, on Monday night.
A group of environmentalists known as ‘The Tire Extinguishers’ were behind the move
The man, who asked to remain anonymous, said he discovered his burns when he was on his way to fix his electric bike.
He added: ‘I rarely even use my car. About once or twice a month I leave London or go abroad so I can take my dog.
Instead I walk or use my electric bike. But they obviously don’t care about that’.
Asked what he would say to the mob that vandalized his car, he explained: ‘I would really like to talk to them and open up a dialogue. Instead of letting my tires down and making useless statements’.
Most of the vehicles attacked were on Stephendale Road. MailOnline witnessed seven Range Rovers, one Bentley and a Porsche damaged, although locals said many more had been attacked.
One resident who lives there, Richard, had two flat tires on his Land Rover.
“I was away in Argentina for work and I came back last night to find two of my tires had gone flat,” he told MailOnline.
‘It’s not a pleasant surprise, but my first response was “I live in London, s*** happens.”
“I’ve lived here for four years and nothing like this has ever happened before,” he added.
Richard, also a big climate activist, rarely uses his car. He said: ‘I actually drive to see my mum who lives a few hours away in the city centre.
‘Otherwise I walk and encourage children to use their motorbikes.’
Locals have blasted a group of weather watchers for their aggressive approach, suggesting they are targeting the ‘wrong people’.
A man who owns a renewable natural gas company had his Range Rover vandalized by eco-zealots.
A black Porsche tire produced by the eco group
Most of the vehicles attacked were in Stephendale Road (pictured)
The mail, damaged by the rain, was left in luxury cars
Richard also felt as if the group was targeting the wrong person.
He explained: ‘The people who did this need education. They think they know better than me.
‘Instead why don’t they ring my doorbell and we can have a conversation instead of puncturing my tyre? I would tell them the real environmental problem and how a flat tire like mine wouldn’t make any difference at all.’
After vandalizing the cars, the group left a flyer on the windshield. It read: ‘We have deflated one or more of your tyres.
‘You will be angry, but don’t take it personally. Not you. It’s your car.
‘We did this because driving around urban areas in your big car is harmful to others.’
It goes on to say that urgent action is needed to reduce emissions and that SUVs can cause more pollution than small cars.
The message added: ‘Even if you don’t care about the effect on people far away from you, there are also effects on your neighbours.
‘SUVs cause more air pollution than small cars. SUVs are more likely to kill people than regular cars in collisions.
‘Psychological research shows SUV drivers are more likely to take risks on the road. SUVs are unnecessary and pointless.’
One resident who lives there, Richard, had two flat tires on his Land Rover
Richard also felt as if the group was targeting the wrong person
One Bentley had all four of its tires punctured
After vandalizing the cars, the group left a flyer on the windshield
A Land Rover with a flat tire in west London
Sands End is in the parish of Fulham and overlooks the River Thames
For more than two years now, ‘Tyre Extinguishers’ have infiltrated all night in the rich people’s areas in the country and shot the tires of ‘gas-guzzling’ 4x4s including Range Rovers, Mazdas and Volkswagens.
In pursuit of their mission to ‘make it impossible to own an SUV in urban areas around the world’, they have hit out at car owners in major UK cities including London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol, but have also taken their movement around the world, striking across the country France, Germany and the United States.
The group wants to see a ban on SUVs in urban areas, a zero pollution tax on SUVs, and greater investment in free and comprehensive public transport.
SUVs feature features of regular cars but are larger and have off-road capabilities such as all-terrain vehicles.
Petrol and diesel models are generally less fuel efficient than cars.
Globally, the number of SUVs has increased from less than 50 million in 2010 to almost 320 million last year – the same as the total number of cars in Europe. Because of their size, on average, SUVs use about a quarter of the energy of mid-size cars.
A 2019 study by the International Energy Agency found that they are among the main contributors to the growth in energy-related carbon emissions over the past decade – and disincentivized people to switch to electric cars. Because of their size, they are also said to be more dangerous during an accident.