Tourist racks up $69k in speeding fines

The British tourist broke the speed limit 33 times in four hours in Dubai. Courtesy Saeed Ali Rent a Car

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.

Farah Hashi, 25, incurred the staggering fine from 33 speeding tickets with the DH1.3 million (AU$478,000) luxury vehicle just four hours after renting it from Saeed Ali Rent a auto last month. The tourist also left his passport as guarantee.

The tourist was reportedly caught breaking the speed limit 33 times on the road and according to the owner of the rental dealership, reached speeds of 240km/hr. The dealership saying it doesn't want to incur impound fees or pay the fines.

Records from Dubai Police reveal the auto was clocked on traffic radar speeding between 126kph and 230kph, between 2.31am and 6.26am.

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. We shouldn't do so for sure.

They say they haven't yet claimed the auto back because they may be liable to pay the fines.

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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.

They said they have not claimed the vehicle back from authorities as they may be liable to pay the fines.

Meanwhile, the Lamborghini is gathering sand and dust parked outside the front of the hotel, little more than a piece of expensive street furniture. I won't be trying to take it back, because once I do, I know I have to surrender it to police. "It's his fault and he should pay that amount".

"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.

Mr Iqbal continued: "Then who pays the money for the impound?"

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

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