Rishi Sunak was fined for not wearing a seat belt



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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been fined by police for not wearing a seat belt while driving.

Sunak, who was filming a social media clip at the time of the offence, received a “conditional offer of a fixed sentence” from Lancashire Constabulary.

A Downing Street spokesman said on Friday the British leader would “obviously comply” with the sentence. “The Prime Minister fully accepts that this was a mistake,” the spokesman added.

Sunak’s spokesman had previously said on Thursday Sunak had apologized for a “brief misjudgment” while filming an Instagram video in northern England and urged people to buckle up.

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

Lancashire Police said: “You will know that there is video circulating on social media showing a person not wearing a seat belt as a passenger in a moving car in Lancashire.

“Following consideration of this matter, we issued a conditional offer of a fixed sentence to a 42-year-old man from London today (Friday 20 January).”

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

This is the second time police have fined Sunak while he holds public office. In August 2022, Sunak, then Finance Minister, and former Prime Minister Boris Johnson were fined by police for parties being held on UK government grounds.

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