The British police fined the Prime Minister. Rishi Sink Failing to wear a seat belt on Friday when he filmed a social media clip in the backseat of a moving car is a potentially embarrassing setback as he tries to revive his party’s fortunes.
Sink, Conn On Thursday, he apologized for the “short lapse of judgment”. The video was uploaded to Instagram during a visit to North West England. It was widely shared by other users who noticed that he had not spoken.
Local police said later that day they would investigate, and confirmed late Friday that a crime had occurred.
It is the second fine for Sink by police after they were found last year to have broken Covid-19 lockdown rules with then Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Sink is the second prime minister after Johnson to have flouted the law in this way.
The fine represents an additional distraction for Cinque, whose Conservative Party lags far behind the opposition Labor Party in opinion polls, ahead of an election due in January 2025 at the latest.
“The Prime Minister fully acknowledges that this was a mistake and has apologised. He will of course comply with the penalty imposed,” a spokesman for Sink’s Downing Street office said in a statement.
Police in the northern English county of Lancashire said in a statement that a 42-year-old man from London had been given a penalty notice.
Sink’s video includes an update on the government’s “leveling up” plans to reduce regional disparities.
In the UK a person can be fined up to 500 pounds ($620) if they fail to wear a seat belt, unless there is an exemption, such as for emergency services, in a taxi or when the driver is reversing.
“Thank you, Lancashire Police, for all you do in the road safety campaign throughout the year. Also, reminding us [that] No one is above the law,” Labor lawmaker Kate Smith said on Twitter.