It’s fair to say that teenagers aren’t the most responsible group of road users. With road deaths amongst 18-24 year-old drivers disproportionately greater, there is certainly something behind the young boy-racer stereotype.
It will probably come as no surprise to learn that a new driver has been caught using his mobile phone at the wheel. What is a tad more eyebrow-raising about this particular youngster is that he was doing so while at the wheel of his £300,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom.
Aleem Iqbal was caught by West Midlands Police on the M42 speaking into his telephone while driving the luxury limousine. He claimed he rang his father to ask for directions – no doubt forgetting that his car was likely to be fitted with sat-nav.
Officers received a shock when they found that the Rolls was legally registered to the teenager, who is from the Yardley area of Birmingham. We shudder to think what his insurance premiums must be.
Aleem is likely to be unfazed by the £35 fine he received, though the £40 costs and £20 victim surcharge will make him think twice about his behaviour. Maybe.
Iqbal, who goes by the name ‘Lord Aleem’ on Facebook, is regularly seen piloting exotic cars, thanks to his father’s supercar hire business. He uses the social media site to show off his latest set of wheels.
Pictured next to two Lamborghini Aventadors – the marque’s flagship car with a price tag of £260,000 – he boasted: “I got 99 problems and choosing which colour Lamborghini Aventador to drive today is one!”
He also has some very particular views on supercar ownership, with his Twitter account bearing the header: “You buy a Ferrari when you want to be somebody, u buy a Lamborghini when you are somebody.”
Commenting on his son’s prosecution to the Daily Mail, Iqbal’s father said: “He was driving his own car and was on his mobile phone, that’s it really.
“It was short and simple. It could happen to anyone, it could happen to you, me or anyone else.
“He’s a young man, he’ll learn in time.”
So, should drivers as young and inexperienced as this bragging teen be driving such expensive and powerful cars? Have your say in the comments section below.