Prime Minister Rishi Sunak fined for not wearing seatbelt in back of car in social media video

19/01/2023 - MORECAMBE - Rishi Sunak has apologised for making a "brief error of judgement" after being caught on video not wearing a seatbelt. A Downing Street spokesman said: "That was a brief error of judgement. The PM removed his seatbelt to film a small clip. He fully accepts this was a mistake and apologises about it." "The prime minister believes everyone should wear a seatbelt," the spokesman added. No belt could be seen covering the PM's shoulder as he promoted his levelling-up funding in the clip filmed for Instagram in Lancashire on Thursday. PICTURE: UNPIXS 19/01/2023

RISHI Sunak has tonight been fined by cops for not wearing his seatbelt.

Lancashire Police confirmed the PM had been given a conditional fixed penalty notice over yesterday’s offence.

Rishi Sunak without a seatbelt yesterday

It is the second fine he has received in nine months having been stung by the Met for breaking lockdown rules.

In a statement this evening cops said: “You will be aware that a video has been circulating on social media showing an individual failing to wear a seatbelt while a passenger in a moving car in Lancashire.

“After looking into this matter, we have today issued a 42-year-old man from London with a conditional offer of fixed penalty.”

It is unclear how much the fine is, although the offence can carry up to a £500 penalty.

Downing Street admitted he made a “brief error of judgement” by removing the safety device for a video for his social media accounts to promote the new Levelling Up funds.

The PM’s spokesman said Mr Sunak apologised for the Blackpool blunder.

Earlier today No10 said the PM “of course” accepted the principle nobody is above the law.

But local Tory MP Scott Benton said the investigation was a waste of police time. 

He said: “I’m sure their time is better spent investigating serious crime which impacts on my constituents.

“The vast majority of people would think that politically-motivated complaints about a seat belt are not good use of frontline resources.”

Mr Sunak was fined last April as Chancellor along with then PM Boris Johnson for an illegal gathering during the pandemic.

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