Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Tourist racks up $69k in speeding fines

Tourist racks up $69k in speeding fines

A British tourist has racked up tens of thousands of pounds in fines in Dubai in less than four hours, after being caught driving at almost twice the speed limit in a rented Lamborghini.

In fact, those cameras managed to capture the Huracan flaying the speed limit no fewer than 33 times over that three-hour span, leading to the eye-watering amalgamation of fines. His auto was spotted on the E 11 highway, the longest road in the Emirates which is known as the Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, and it set off every speed camera along the stretch.

The total cost of the fines came to 175,000 dirhams ($64,400).

The driver reportedly travelled between 126km/h and 230km/h on the 80km/h speed limit highway.

While the speeding fines reached Dhs70,000 for 12 violations caught by radar, an additional Dhs105,000 was imposed to cover the cost of recovering the vehicle after it was impounded following the incident.

According to the owner of the rental dealership, the man driving the supercar reached speeds of 240km/hr.

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The dealership believe the driver is at fault and needs to pay the impound fines, according to the report.

A Dubai legal expert told the newspaper that tourists aren't often prevented from going home in these cases, and that the rental agency will likely have to file a civil suit to recover the costs for the fines, which would be carried out in the United Kingdom.

This means the British man could be free to leave the country, provided he has a passport to do so.

"I was fearing that he may go to his embassy claiming that he lost his passport in order to get a new one then leave the country", Iqbal told the National.

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

However, the motorists left his passport at the dealership as a guarantee, which could make this problematic.

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