Holidaying is expensive, although not usually expensive as it was for one Brit who’s been spending his summer in Dubai.
According to the BBC, one British tourist racked up a staggering $45,000 in speeding fines while in the middle eastern city. The tourist reportedly rented a Lamborghini Huracan, then broke the speed limit on one of the city’s busiest roads several times between 2:30 AM and 6 AM of last Tuesday.
The tourist triggered every single speed camera on the 347-mile Sheikh Zayed Road – the longest road in the United Arab Emirates. He hit a top speed of 150 mph (241 kph) according to the UAE’s state newspaper The National.
The dealership that rented the Lamborghini revealed that the tourist left his passport as a guarantee for the car, but they’re refusing to reclaim the car for fear of being liable to pay the fines. The fines were issued to the car’s registered owner – the dealership – not the driver as he wasn’t a resident.
“We can’t pay this amount should the car 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. “Then who pays the money for the impound? We shouldn’t do so for sure, it’s his fault and he should pay that amount.”
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.
“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. “I can’t keep his passport with me for long.”