AED 170,000 racked up by Dubai tourist in fines in just 4 hours
A tourist rented out the famous super car – Lamborghini Huracan, and has been caught speeding by 33 radars. In a matter of just 4 hours the tourist has accumulated fines that sum up to AED 170,000.
But the tourist is lucky, mostly. The supercar rental business in Dubai will most likely end up paying all the fines of the vehicle that was driven by the careless and reckless tourist.
The 26-year-old British tourist on July 30th had rented out a yellow Lamborghini that is worth AED 1.3 million from the car rental shop. The tourist then went on to speed on Shaikh Zayed Road at speeds as high as 231km/h, racking up AED170,000 (about USD 46,000, or GBP 35,553) in speeding fines in a matter of just under four hours.
On July 31, between 2.31 AM and 6.26 AM the tourist had tripped 33 speed radars on the road, incurring 33 fines as a result.
The owner of the rental car business Mohammad Ebrahim claims that his client was driving so fast that he received 3 SMS related fines on his number in under a minute. As the vehicle owner, Ebrahim will have to pay up for the fines that have been accumulated – all of them – plus additional fees if he wants to recover the car from being impounded.
Ebrahim told Gulf News on Monday that, “The tourist rented the supercar for AED 6,000 per day for three days. Most of the speed radars on Shaikh Zayed road caught him as he drove between 158km/h to 231km/h in some areas without stopping.”
He goes on to say that, “The car is still parked in a hotel in Dubai and that he is afraid of incurring a major loss as he didn’t take a deposit from the tourist. 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.”
A Dubai Police official told Gulf News, “Radars capture the licence plate numbers of speeding vehicles, not the people driving them.
He added also that, “Dubai Police cannot interfere in such cases and advised the car rental owner to go to court seeking compensation.”
“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. There is no clear procedure for car rental companies to protect their rights in such incidents,” Ebrahim said.
Meanwhile, legal consultant Hassan Elhais from Al Rowad Advocates suggested that the car rental owner can file a case in order to get a travel ban imposed on the tourist.
“The owner can file a civil lawsuit against the man who rented the car. Once a ruling is issued in his favour, he can request that the ruling be implemented by the country of the tourist,” Elhais said.