Rishi Sunak fined for failing to wear seatbelt



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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been fined by police for failing to wear a seatbelt while riding in a car.

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

A Downing Street spokesman said on Friday that the British leader would “of course comply” with the punishment. The spokesman added: “The prime minister fully accepts that this was a mistake.”

Sunak’s spokesman had said earlier on Thursday that Sunak had apologized for a “brief error of judgment” while filming an Instagram video in northern England, and had urged people to wear seatbelts.

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

“Having considered this matter, we have today (Friday, 20th January) issued a conditional offer for a set-piece for a 42-year-old from London.”

In the UK, failure to wear a seatbelt when provided can result in a fine of up to £500, unless you are covered by a valid exception.

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

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