ISTANBUL – UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has acknowledged breaking the law by not fastening his seatbelt while recording a video in the back of a moving car, a British daily reported Thursday.
Sunak removed his seatbelt as a passenger in the back seat of a car to record the video message, according to Downing Street, which expressed regret for the “brief lack of judgment.”
“That was a brief error of judgment,” a spokesperson for the prime minister told the Guardian newspaper. “The prime minister removed his seatbelt to film a short clip.”
Noting that the prime minister “fully accepts this was a mistake and apologizes,” the spokesperson said: “The prime minister believes everyone should wear a seatbelt. It was an error of judgment; he removed it for a short period of time to film a clip, which you’ve seen, but he accepts that was a mistake.”
The video, which is no longer visible, was posted on Sunak’s Instagram account.
Anyone who is driving or riding in a vehicle without a seatbelt is breaking the law and may face a fine of up to £500 ($619), according to Sunak’s government’s safety campaign. (Anadolu)