Rishi Sunak was fined for not using a seat belt

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The British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, was fined by the police for not wearing a seat belt while riding in a car.

Sunak, who was filming a social media clip at the time of the offence, was given a “conditional offer of a fixed penalty” by Lancashire Police.

A Downing Street spokesman said on Friday that the British leader will “of course comply” with the punishment. “The Prime Minister fully accepts that this was a mistake,” the spokesman said.

Sunak’s spokesman had said earlier on Thursday that Sunak had apologized for a “short lapse of judgement” while filming an Instagram video in northern England, and urged people to wear their seat belts. .

Sunak does not appear to be wearing his seat belt in this screenshot taken from a social media video on January 19, 2023.

Lancashire Police said: “You will be aware that a video has been circulating on social media showing a person failing to wear a seat belt while a passenger in a moving car in Lancashire.

“After investigating this matter, we have today (Friday, January 20) released a 42-year-old man from London on a conditional offer of a fixed penalty.

In the UK, failing to wear a seat belt when one is available can result in a fine of up to £500, unless you are covered by a valid exemption.

This is the second time the police have fined Sunak while in public office. In August 2022, Sunak, then finance minister, and former Prime Minister Boris Johnson were fined by police for lockdown-breaking parties held on UK government buildings.

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