Speeding tourist still has rented Lamborghini

Car rental owner worried tourist who racked up Dh170,000 in speeding fines in four hours will leave country

Dubai: The owners of a Dubai supercar rental business are still waiting for a British tourist, who racked up Dh170,000 in traffic fines while driving a rented Lamborghini, to pay the fines.

The 26-year-old driver rented a yellow Dh1.3-million Lamborghini Huracan from the car rental shop and then drove on Shaikh Zayed Road at speeds as high as 231km/h, racking up Dh170,000 (about $46,000, or £35,553) in speeding fines in a span of just under four hours.

A comment from the British national was not available on Tuesday.

Between 2.31am and 6.26am on July 31, the tourist tripped 33 speed radars on the road, incurring 33 fines as a result.

Faris Iqbal, a partner in the car rental, told Gulf News that they need to pay about Dh170,000 in accumulated fines.

“The tourist came and paid Dh6,000 for two days’ hire and left his passport as a guarantee. He still has the Lamborghini Huracan and hasn’t called us. We have tried to contact him but he hasn’t answered yet. I even informed the British Embassy about the incident,” Iqbal said.

The tourist, who gave his address as the Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel and Resort, still has the car.

“The disagreement over payment continues. Police can impound the car if we cannot pay the amount of fines. I will not try to take the car back because then who pays the money for the impoundment? Police will impound the car if the fines aren’t paid. It is his fault and he should pay,” he added.

He is now afraid that the tourist will leave the country and leave him in the lurch.

He said that most of the speed radars on Shaikh Zayed Road caught him as he drove between 158km/h and 231km/h in some areas without stopping.

Dubai Police said that radars capture the licence plate numbers of speeding vehicles, not the people driving them.


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