The UK’s Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, has been fined by Lancashire Police for not wearing a seatbelt while filming a social media clip in the back of a moving car. He apologized for the “brief error of judgment” after the clip was posted to Instagram during a visit to the area to discuss Levelling Up funding.
This marks the second fixed penalty notice for Mr. Sunak; while he was chancellor, he received a £50 ticket for violating Covid lockdown laws at one of the events that sparked the Partygate scandal. Lancashire Police commented that they had issued a conditional offer of fixed penalty to a 42-year-old man from London.
A spokesperson from confirmed that Mr. Sunak would pay the fine and acknowledged that it was a mistake. Labour party criticized the video, adding that it adds to the “endless painful viewing” of Mr Sunak after he was previously seen struggling to make a contactless payment with his card in a petrol station.
The AA also warned of the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt, adding that it is important for everyone to wear seatbelt while in a car. The Prime Minister’s fine comes at a time when his own government is considering toughening seatbelt rules that could result in drivers receiving penalty points on their license for not wearing them.