British PM Rishi Sunak fined after getting caught not using seat belt on Instagram

New British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak speaks at Downing Street in London, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, after returning from Buckingham Palace where he was formally appointed to the post by Britain’s King Charles III. (G3 Box News Photo/Frank Augstein)

British PM Rishi Sunak fined after getting caught not using seat belt on Instagram

Jenny Goldsberry

January 21, 02:24 PM January 21, 02:25 PM

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U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak got caught breaking the country’s seat belt law in a video posted to his Instagram account.

Sunak was traveling across northern England when he decided to make a video of himself discussing further allocations of the Levelling Up fund, dedicated to projects within local communities in the United Kingdom. In the video, the car he’s traveling in is clearly moving, and the prime minister is seen without a seat belt.

“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,” Lancashire Police tweeted without revealing Sunak’s identity.


The prime minister’s office has since issued a statement to the BBC to say Sunak “fully accepts this was a mistake and has apologised.” Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab also stepped to Sunak’s defense in another statement to the outlet, saying Sunak “made a mistake on the seatbelt issue” while “doing a demanding job.”

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Everyone over the age of 14 is legally required to wear a seat belt, according to the Lancashire Police Department. Sunak must now pay a fine set at 100 pounds ($123.89).

The U.K. government’s Levelling Up Fund has a share of 2.1 billion pounds and most recently allocated 208 million pounds toward 11 different projects in Wales, from the creation of new cycle routes to a cross rail.

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