Dubai is known for many things and an abundance of supercars is one of them. It’s pretty easy to rent one in the emirate provided you have the money. A 25 year old British tourist did. He paid around $1,600 to rent a Lamborghini Huracan for two days but managed to rack up $47,000 in speeding fines in fewer than four hours.
Dubai police are serious about ensuring the drivers stick to the speed limits, no matter who expensive their cars are and how fast they can go. Those who are aware that the police offers no leniency take exceptional care not to trip the speed cameras on Dubai’s roads.
The tourist was perhaps unaware of this. The speed cameras caught him driving between 78 and 143 mph 32 times on Sheikh Zayed Road and once on Garn Al Sabkha Road. All of this happened in less than four hours between 2:31 am and 6:26 am. He drove almost twice the legal limit in some areas and even managed to trigger two speed cameras for fines in less than a minute.
The fines are immediately sent to the registered owner in Dubai which was the rent a car company in this case. They had his passport as a guarantee and his hotel’s address. Since the driver and the rental car agency are in a disagreement over who will pay the fines, the agency isn’t picking up the car because it will be stuck with the bill. The tourist can’t leave because he doesn’t have his passport.
So no matter how enticing the roads are at your next travel destination and how fast the car you’re in can go, it would be best to brush up on the traffic laws before pushing your rented supercar to the limit.