‘He is human as well as a politician’ says Raab after Rishi receives fixed penalty notice for not wearing a seatbelt 

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Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Dominic Raab, Picture by Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

“He has taken responsibility and will pay the fine. He is a human as well as a politician, he has a frantic schedule but he has made it clear there are no excuses.”

Dominic Raab has defended the Prime Minister after he received a fixed penalty notice for not wearing a seatbelt. 

The Deputy Prime Minister said Rishi Sunak had not tried to pass the blame to anyone else, and suggested that he felt the public would accept he was human and can make mistakes.

Speaking to Breakfast on GB News this morning (Sat) Mr Raab said: “What I can tell you is of course, the Prime Minister put his hand straight up. It was a mistake. He apologised for it. He takes responsibility for it. He hasn’t actually gone down that path of blaming anyone else. He’ll pay the fine. He’s a human as well as an incredibly busy Prime Minister. He has a frantic schedule but he has made clear there are no excuses.”

Mr Raab said it was “perfectly proper” for police to have looked into the seatbelt blunder, adding: “We wouldn’t second-guess the role of the police in this.”

Lancashire Constabulary, who issued the notice, did not reveal how much Mr Sunak was fined. But fixed penalty notices for seatbelt offences are usually £100, rising to up to £500 if taken to court.

Lancashire Police said: “You will be aware that a video has been circulating on social media showing an individual failing to wear a seatbelt while a passenger in a moving car in Lancashire.

“After looking into this matter, we have today issued a 42-year-old man from London with a conditional offer of fixed penalty.”

According to the law you must wear a seat belt if one is fitted in the seat you’re using, however, there are a few exceptions.

You don’t need to wear a seat belt if you’re:

  • a driver who is reversing, or supervising a learner driver who is reversing
  • in a vehicle being used for police, fire and rescue services
  • a passenger in a trade vehicle and you’re investigating a fault
  • driving a goods vehicle on deliveries that is travelling no more than 50 metres between stops
  • a licensed taxi driver who is ‘plying for hire’ or carrying passengers

According to intelligence officers there are also possible exemptions in “close protection situations.”

Source: GB News

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