Rented Lamborghini gets $46000 fine in 3 hours in Dubai

Lamar Ellis
August 9, 2018

According to reports, a 25-year-old British tourist rented a Lamborghini Huracan (like the one pictured) from the Saeed Ali dealership in Dubai's central business district, and within four hours of leaving the dealership had amassed an impressive 33 speeding infringements, before being stopped by police for driving 230km/h in a 120km/h zone.

According to local media, tourists are able to leave the United Arab Emirates despite racking up thousands of pounds worth of fines.

With the driver legally off the hook, for now, the dealer fears he could go to the embassy and claim he lost his passport in order to get home scot-free and avoid paying the colossal fine.

In total, the driver's speeding antics have accumulated fines of Dh70,000, or just under £15,000.

Saeed Ali Rent a vehicle said the tourist still has the supercar and they are refusing to take it back as they don't want to be on the hook for the fines. According to Faris Iqbal, a partner in the dealership, Hashi paid DH6,000 (AU$2,200) for the two days of auto rental.

Mr Iqbal said: 'We obtained copies of all the violations and immediately submitted a request for a travel ban on the tourist, to which we paid £240 in fees, but the request was rejected'.

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The owner of the rental company is now holding the tourist's passport to stop him fleeing the country.

"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", Ebrahim said.

Dh70,000 (₹13 lakh) of the fine is for the 33 offenses he was caught committing on camera - several of which occurred within minutes of each other - while the other Dh100520 (₹18.82 lakh) will have to be paid in order to free the now impounded Lamborghini.

"It's still with the tourist, parked at his hotel. We shouldn't do so for sure, its his fault and he should pay that amount".

The dealership told newspaper, The National, of Dubai, "We can't pay this amount should the vehicle be taken into impound, it's still with the tourist, parked at his hotel. and I won't be trying to take it back", dealership partner Faris Mohammed Iqbal said.

"I can't keep his passport with me for long".

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