UK Prime Minister Fined For Not Wearing A Seatbelt

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been fined for not wearing a seatbelt in a moving car while filming a social media video. 

Lancashire Police said it had issued a 42-year-old man in London with a conditional offer of a fixed penalty.

Mr Sunak had previously apologised for the incident, saying it was an “error of judgement”. 

Passengers caught failing to wear a seat belt when one is available can be given an on-the-spot fine of £100. 

This can increase to £500 if the case goes to court.

The prime minister was in Lancashire when the video was filmed, during a trip across the north of England.

The video – to promote the government’s latest round of “levelling up” spending – was posted on Mr Sunak’s Instagram account.

It is the second time Mr Sunak has received a fixed penalty notice while in government. 

Last April, he was fined along with Boris Johnson and wife Carrie for breaking Covid lockdown rules – by attending a birthday gathering for the then-prime minister in Downing Street in June 2020. 

Fixed penalty notices are a sanction for breaking the law, and mean a fine, which needs to be paid within 28 days, or contested. 

If someone chooses to contest the fine, the police will then review the case and decide whether to withdraw the fine or take the matter to court.

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