British PM Rishi Sunak bags £500 fine for riding in a car without a seat belt2 min read
Mr. Rishi Sunak, British Prime Minister
The Police have once again caught Mr. Rishi Sunak, the British Prime Minister, riding in a car without a seat belt.
According to the Lancashire Constabulary, Rishi Sunak was caught filming a social media clip at the time of the offense, he thus bagged a “conditional offer of fixed penalty”.
A spokesperson at the Prime Minister’s office said the British leader “will of course comply” with the penalty. “The Prime Minister fully accepts this was a mistake,” the spokesperson affirmed.
In an earlier statement by the spokesperson from 10 Downing Street, it claimed that Sunak apologized for a “brief error of judgment” while he filmed an Instagram video in northern England, and urged people to wear their seatbelts.
Lancashire Police said: “You will be aware that a video has been circulating on social media showing an individual failing to wear a seat belt while a passenger in a moving car in Lancashire”.
The Police statement said further, “After looking into this matter, we have today (Friday, 20th January 2023) issued a 42-year-old man from London with a conditional offer of a fixed penalty.”
ROAD SAFETY REGULATIONS IN THE UK
In the UK, failure to wear a seatbelt when one is available can result in a fine of up to £500, (circa N600,000.00K) unless you are covered by a valid exception.
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 over lockdown-breaking parties held on UK government premises.