UK leader Rishi Sunak says sorry for not wearing seat belt

Jan 18, 2023, 7:34 PM | Updated: Jan 19, 2023, 9:36 am
Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visits Northern School of Art, in Hartlepool, England, Thursda...

Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visits Northern School of Art, in Hartlepool, England, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (Scott Heppell/Pool Photo via AP)

(Scott Heppell/Pool Photo via AP)

              Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visits Northern School of Art, in Hartlepool, England, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (Scott Heppell/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visits Accrington Market Hall, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Accrington, England. Sunak is visiting community projects in Lancashire and County Durham to announce a £2bn plus investment in over 100 projects across the UK through the levelling up fund. (Christopher Furlong/Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visits Northern School of Art, in Hartlepool, England, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023. (Scott Heppell/Pool Photo via AP)

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak apologized Thursday for taking off his seat belt to film a social media video in a moving car.

A spokesman said Sunak made an “error of judgment” while filming a message for Instagram from the back of an official government car during a visit to northwest England.

Spokesman Jamie Davies said the prime minister “fully accepts this was a mistake and apologizes.”

“The prime minister believes everyone should wear a seat belt,” he said.

Failing to wear a seat belt is punishable in the U.K. by a fine of up to 500 pounds ($620).

Sunak’s travel arrangements also drew criticism after it emerged he took a 28-minute flight on a taxpayer-funded jet from northwest to northeast England as he promoted government funding for community projects on Thursday.

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UK leader Rishi Sunak says sorry for not wearing seat belt