Brit tourist racks up £36,000 in speeding fines on holiday


A British tourist is facing fines in excess of $46,000 after having a little too much fun in a rented Lamborghini Huracan in Dubai last week. Nevertheless, it seems unclear whether the Brit can zip back to his homeland or not without his passport, as the government of the United Arab Emirates apparently won't be forcing him to stick around.

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

But like an M. Night Shyamalan film, here's the twist, and there is a twist: In Dubai, traffic fines accumulated on a rental auto are the legal responsibility of the company that owns the vehicle.

Ibrahim told local media that the tourist left his passport as the guarantee for the vehicle when he rented the auto and since the company hasn't claimed the auto back, he hasn't received his passport in return.

The British man paid about $1,550 on July 30th to rent the vehicle for two days, according to the paper.

Dubai publication The National quoted Hassan Elhais, a legal consultant who outlined possible options for the dealership to obtain payment. The UK man is now in a standoff with the garage over who pays the bill.

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Dh70,000 (₹13 lakh) of the fine is for the 33 offenses he was caught committing on camera - several of which occurred within minutes of each other - while the other Dh100520 (₹18.82 lakh) will have to be paid in order to free the now impounded Lamborghini.

Mr Iqbal continued: "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", he added.

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. 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.

"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".