Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Dubai Tourist Racks Up $46000 in Fines in Rented Supercar

Dubai Tourist Racks Up $46000 in Fines in Rented Supercar

Between the hours of 2.30 am and 6 am on July 31st the man accumulated $72,000 AUD (Dh70,000) worth of speeding fines for driving 240km/h down one of Dubai's busiest highways- Sheikh Zayed Road.

So technically, the tourist is free to leave the country and fees behind, however there is just one problem.

As a result, the auto dealership from where the supercar was rented, started getting messages of the speeding fines, starting from 2:30 a.m. until 6:26 a.m. on July 31.

Under the new traffic laws implemented in the UAE previous year, the fine for exceeding the speed limit by 60km/h stands at Dhs2,000, along with 12 traffic points and a 30-day vehicle confiscation.

The British national handed over $2200 to the dealership, as well as his passport as a deposit for the supercar rental, so it could be virtually impossible for him to leave the UAE without payment.

"We obtained copies of all the violations and immediately submitted a request for a travel ban on the tourist", Iqbal told The Sun, "but the request was rejected".

"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. Once the charge needed to release the vehicle from a police pound is factored in, the total penalty will amount to Dh170,000 (£35,693), with all of the penalties needing to be paid before the supercar can be driven again.

"Then who pays the money for the impounding?" We shouldn't do so for sure.

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 vehicle. "It's his fault and he should pay that amount", he added. As the National notes, the traffic fines acquired by expatriates are linked with departure counters at airports across the country to stop them from leaving. At time of writing, it's understood the driver and his 602bhp Italian supercar are still at his hotel, and Mr Ibrahim is still holding the tourist's passport. But even though Hashi's passport is with the dealership, it doesn't guarantee that he can not leave UAE through other means.

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

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