Dubai tourist racks up £36k in speeding fines in rented supercar

A British man believed to be in his early twenties rented a Lamborghini Huracan to drive around the city

A British man believed to be in his early twenties rented a Lamborghini Huracan to drive around the cityGETTY IMAGES

According to The Sun, the unnamed British tourist spent the same length of time as that tour Gilligan and the Skipper had been planning blasting along desert highways like the Sheikh Zayed Road in the rented Lamborghini at speeds of up to 150 miles per hour early one recent morning-a joyride that, unsurprisingly, caught the attention of the all-seeing eyes of speed cameras lining the route.

The man's passport is being held by the vehicle dealership which is refusing to incur the fines.

A British tourist in the UAE had over 3 hours to earn 33 of a fine for speeding.

The tourist triggered every speed camera on the Sheikh Zayed Road, reaching speeds of 230km/h (142mph), state-owned newspaper, The National, reported.

Dubai police officers told Gulf News the speed radars capture the license plate of the cars, not the individuals driving them.

Now, in addition to 1.2 thousand dollars for a two-day rental, the traveler must pay 175 thousand dirham fine, which is about 48 thousand dollars.

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The tourist gave his address as the five-star Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel and Resort.

A spokesman for the firm said the company was now refusing to collect the vehicle due to concerns it will have to pay the fines if the penalties go unpaid. The man is now stuck in United Arab Emirates because his passport is with the dealership, which doesn't want to pay the penalties.

Fortunately, the dealership still has the man's passport, which they took as a guarantee, according to the National.

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 auto. 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. "We shouldn't do so for sure, it's his fault and he should pay that amount". I won't be trying to take it back, because once I do, I know I have to surrender it to police.

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

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