Chauf­feur fined af­ter video of D 5 Rolls-Royce posted on­line

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By Ali Al Shouk and Shoshana Ke­dem The driver of a mil­lion­aire busi­ness­man whose car is fit­ted with the Dhs33 mil­lion num­ber plate has been hit with a fine and black points for park­ing in a dis­abled bay.

Balvin­der Sahni’s white Rolls Royce – which car­ries the D 5 plate that he bought at auc­tion just weeks ago – was caught on video when it was backed into a spot out­side Aspin Com­mer­cial Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road on Satur­day.

In the video, posted on so­cial me­dia, Sahni is seen get­ting into the ve­hi­cle be­fore they drive off.

Dubai Po­lice said they is­sued the fine af­ter spot­ting the video posted on­line on Mon­day. The car is reg­is­tered to Sahni, but po­lice trans­ferred the fine to his driver when the busi­ness­man ex­plained he was not be­hind the wheel.

Gen­eral Khamis Mat­tar Al Muzaina, Di­rec­tor of Dubai Po­lice, said that the owner came to ask about the fine and ex­plained what had hap­pened. Al Muzaina told 7DAYS: “No­body is above the law in Dubai. “We fined the car as we would any other car com­mit­ting the same vi­o­la­tion, re­gard­less of its plate num­ber.” He con­firmed po­lice first spot­ted the in­ci­dent on a video on so­cial me­dia. The same video shows un­oc­cu­pied park­ing spa­ces two me­tres away from the dis­abled spot. Al Muzaina con­tin­ued: “The owner of the ve­hi­cle apol­o­gised for the vi­o­la­tion and pointed out that he wasn’t the one who was driv­ing the car.

“We asked him about who was driv­ing the car to add the black points to his driv­ing li­cence and asked him to pay the fine.

“It’s just a sim­ple fine for some­one parked in spe­cial needs spot and the mat­ter is fin­ished now.”

Sahni told 7DAYS that he was happy to re­solve the mat­ter with po­lice, but was an­gry that he had been se­cretly filmed and the footage shared on­line.

He said he plans to take le­gal ac­tion over the video. He said: “It was only parked for 50 sec­onds, we were car­ry­ing heavy bags that we had to put in the trunk.

“I was in a meet­ing with big in­te­rior de­sign­ers for my new ho­tel at around 2.30pm and the car was parked down there and I went down and got in. “I’m not in the wrong, it’s my driver.” He added: “I’m in the po­lice sta­tion and I’m fil­ing a crim­i­nal case against the peo­ple who took my video.”

The fine for park­ing in a dis­abled bay is Dhs1,000 and four black points.

Dubai Po­lice is­sued 4,215 fines to mo­torists who parked in dis­abled spa­ces, without the nec­es­sary per­mit, in the first half of this year.

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