Britain's Prince Philip spotted neglecting traffic rules

World

20 Jan 2019

Two days after crash, Prince Philip spotted driving without seatbelt

Britain's Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was spotted driving without a seatbelt, just two days after the 97-year-old Duke miraculously escaped unhurt in a terrifying accident.

The Duke of Edinburgh has been pictured back behind the wheel of a new Land Rover yesterday afternoon on the Sandringham estate, the royal family's Norfolk retreat near to which the Thursday's accident took place.

Car crash

Philip's Land Rover collided with another car injuring two women

Philip's Land Rover collided with another car injuring two women

The Duke was given "suitable words of advice" by Norfolk Police after the pictures were published in newspapers.

On Thursday, Philip escaped a crash when a Tata Motors' Land Rover he was driving flipped onto its side after a collision with another car carrying two women and a nine-month-old baby.

The Duke was unharmed but the two women were injured in the accident.

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Debate is UK: Should Prince Philip be driving at 97?

However, the baby who was in the back seat of the Kia hatchback was uninjured.

It was suggested that the royal was dazzled by sunlight at a T-junction and his vehicle hit the Kia.

Though Philip was unhurt, the accident stirred up a debate in the UK about old age and driving and raised questions over the duke still driving himself on public roads.

Driving rules

Driving license in UK expires after the age of 70yrs

Driving license in UK expires after the age of 70yrs

Philip, who formally retired from public life in 2017, has been seen behind the wheels on numerous occasions.

Currently, there's no upper age limit for driving in UK. However, a person's driving license expires once he/she reaches 70.

If the license expires and the person fails to renew it, they legally aren't allowed to drive.

But if they apply for renewal, they may continue.

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