Speeding cars and the world's biggest traffic fines

The eye-watering Dh175,000 that a Lamborghini driver in Dubai racked up in one night is by no means the most expensive ticket in history

  • Publish date: Thursday، 09 August 2018 Last update: Thursday، 25 February 2021
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That is nowhere near the highest financial penalty ever handed out across the world for motoring offences, however.

The stakes are particularly high in European nations such as Finland and Switzerland, which take into account the earnings of those in the dock – millionaires, therefore, have had to pay fines running into the equivalent of millions of dirhams.


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Swipe through our gallery above to see some of the worst offenders.

The UAE is no stranger to traffic fines even larger than this latest incident, either, with one man reported to have tallied Dh300,000 of fines in 2013. It's all a far cry from what is widely thought to be the first ever speeding ticket in 1896, when British driver Walter Arnold was nabbed for speeding at 8mph (13kph) in a 2mph (3kph) zone. He was fined one shilling, plus costs.