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UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak caught, fined for not using seatbelt

The incident has made it the second time Sunak would receive a fixed penalty notice while in government.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been fined for not using a seatbelt in a moving car during his filming of a social media video.

Lancashire Police said it had issued him in London with a conditional offer of a fixed penalty according to BBC.

Sunak’s office, 10 Downing Street said he “fully accepts this was a mistake and has apologised”, adding that he would pay the fine.

Passengers caught failing to wear a seatbelt when one is available can be fined £100 and this can increase to £500 if the case is charged to court.

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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 Sunak’s Instagram account.

The incident has made it the second time Sunak would receive a fixed penalty notice while in government.

Last April, he was fined along with Boris Johnson and wife Carrie for breaking COVID-19 lockdown rules – by attending a birthday gathering for the then Prime Minister at Downing Street in June 2020.

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