Where’s your seatbelt, Sunak? PM films Instagram story promoting his Levelling Up tour from the back of his car while appearing not to be wearing a safety harness – which is required by law
- PM appears not to wear a seat belt as he films an Instagram video in moving car
- Rishi Sunak uses social media clip to promote his ‘Levelling Up’ tour across UK
- But viewers quickly spot how neglected to clunk in his seat belt before departure
The Prime Minister appeared not to wear a seat belt as he filmed an Instagram video in the back of a moving car this morning.
Rishi Sunak used the social media clip to promote his ‘Levelling Up’ tour across Britain today.
But viewers quickly spotted how the PM seemed to have neglected to clunk in his seat belt prior to departure.
The law states that car users must wear a seat belt if one is fitted in the seat they’re using, with only a few exceptions.
A fine of up to £500 can be issued if someone does not wear a seat belt when they’re supposed to.
Rishi Sunak used the social media clip to promote his ‘Levelling Up’ tour. But viewers quickly spotted how the PM seemed to have neglected to clunk in his seat belt prior to departure
The PM flew to Blackpool this morning before visiting Accrington and Morecambe, although it is unclear at what point in his journey he filmed the social media clip.
At one point in his Instagram video, police outriders on motorbikes are seen out of Mr Sunak’s passenger window.
The PM used the clip to encourage social media users to follow his progress on his trip to northern England as he went ‘out and about seeing Levelling Up in action’.
He promoted the Government’s announcement of more than £2billion in funding for projects across 100 different local communities around the UK.
None of the exceptions for not wearing a seat belt listed on the Government’s website appeared to apply to Mr Sunak’s car journey.
He was not a driver reversing, in a vehicle used for police, fire and rescue services, driving a goods vehicle on deliveries, or a licensed taxi driver.
There is also an exemption for medical reasons, with those who qualify required to carry a doctor’s certificate of exemption with them while travelling.
The PM’s official spokesman did not immediately provide a comment when asked why Mr Sunak appeared not to be wearing a seat belt.
‘I haven’t seen that specific video,’ they said.
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