London [UK]: UK police on Friday (local time) fined Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for not wearing a seatbelt in a moving car while filming a social media video.
Without naming Sunak, Lancashire Police said it had issued a 42-year-old man from London with a conditional offer of a fixed penalty. “Following the circulation of a video on social media showing an individual failing to wear a seat belt while a passenger in a moving car in Lancashire we have today (Friday, Jan 20) issued a 42-year-old man from London with a conditional offer of fixed penalty,” tweeted Lancashire Police.
The conditional offer of a fixed penalty phrasing means that the individual fined has the offer to pay and implicitly accepts guilt within 28 days. Still, as a trade-off, they pay much less than the maximum fine and do not risk going to court to answer the case. It tends to be the standard penalty issued in such cases.
Sunak was fined Pound 50 (around Euro 57 or USD 62), one-tenth of the theoretical maximum fee for not wearing a seat belt if taking the case to court, reported DW News.
Notably, passengers caught failing to wear a seat belt when one is available can be fined Pound 100. This can increase to Pound 500 if the case goes to court.
Soon after the fine announcement, Sunak’s office said in a statement that “the prime minister fully accepts this was a mistake and has apologised. He will of course comply with the fixed penalty.”
Sunak 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.
Earlier, he had apologised after removing his seatbelt to film a campaign video in the back of a moving car.
The PM’s spokesman said he had made an “error of judgment” by briefly taking it off to film a social media clip during a trip to the north of England.