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Tourist incurs DH175,000 fine in just 4 hours for speeding in UAE

The British tourist broke the speed limit 33 times in four hours in Dubai. Courtesy Saeed Ali Rent a Car The British tourist broke the speed limit 33 times in four hours in Dubai. Courtesy Saeed Ali Rent a Car
Deanna Wagner | 09 August, 2018, 15:02

According to The Times, the British driver rented a Lamborghini Huracán sports auto, which is capable of reaching more than 200mph and costs £180,000, and put the vehicle through its paces early one morning - leading to 33 speeding infringements.

The auto rental owner, Mohammed Ibrahim, stated that his company would also suffer heavy losses due to the vague procedures relevant to the case.

The fines were issued after the 25-year-old tourist triggered every speed camera on the Sheikh Zayed Road and reached a top speed of 240km/h, according to state-owned newspaper The National.

Dubai police officers told Gulf News the speed radars capture the license plate of the cars, not the individuals driving them.

Breaking the speed limit in Dubai can land the driver a 3,000 dirham (£600) meaning the driver landed roughly 12 separate fines.

The owners of the dealership where the man rented the Lamborghini Huracán told the newspaper that the driver had left his passport as a guarantee.

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The vehicle is reportedly still parked at the Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel and Resort, where the British man seems to be staying.

Meanwhile, the Lamborghini is gathering sand and dust parked outside the front of the hotel, little more than a piece of expensive street furniture. "We shouldn't do so for sure, its his fault and he should pay that amount".

Mohammed Ibrahim, the owner of the auto rental company from which the Lamborghini was rented, said there are no clear procedures in place to protect a business owner in such extreme circumstances.

One of the dealership's owners, Faris Iqbal, says that he was notified of the fines just hours after the tourist took delivery of the auto. Nevertheless, it seems unclear whether the Brit can zip back to his homeland or not without his passport, as the government of the United Arab Emirates apparently won't be forcing him to stick around. I won't be trying to take it back, because once I do, I know I have to surrender it to police.

Iqbal said: "But even if he did not, I can't keep his passport with me for long".