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Tourist runs up $64k in speeding fines ... in four hours

Fast, furious & fined…

A reckless tourist, who has clearly watched too many Fast & Furious films, racked up speeding fines of AED175,000 ($64,500) in Dubai recently – and the rental business from whom he hired the supercar could be forced to foot the bills.


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The 26-year-old British tourist responsible for the fines was driving a Lamborghini Huracan worth nearly half a million dollars when he was caught speeding down Dubai’s main thoroughfare, Shaikh Zayed Road, at speeds of up 231kph.


Driving between 2.31am and 6.26am on 31 July, the tourist was captured by 33 speed radars.


“I don’t know if he [the tourist] will pay the fines as there is no clear procedure to crack down on customers who commit such offences,” rental business owner Mohammad Ebrahim told Gulf News, adding he’d rented the car for around $2,200 for three days, critically without a deposit.


“I went to the police station to file a complaint and they told me that I can only complain if the tourist didn’t pay the rental fee.”


Dubai police told Gulf News radars capture the license plates of vehicles and not the people driving them.


As well as paying the fines and impound fees, Ebrahim also has to replace the brakes of the Lamborghini.


Meanwhile, his lawyers said the car rental owner could attempt to impose a travel ban on the tourist in case he tries to leave Dubai.


In 2016, four people were killed when a rented Ferrari crashed at high speed in a 40kph zone.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 7 August 2018

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