Less than a week after being sworn in as deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce has had a run in with the law after he was nabbed not wearing a face mask.

The Nationals leader was dobbed in to Crime Stoppers by a member of the public in his home town of Armidale on Monday morning.

He was spotted without a face mask while paying for petrol after filling up at the bowser.

Police say they checked the service station’s CCTV and issued a $200 fine to a 54-year-old man for breaching an order under the NSW Public Health Act.

State Emergency Operations Controller Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said it was just one of 34 Covid-19 infringement notices issued on Monday, with 16 of them infringements for failing to wear a fitted face covering.

“Police were alerted to that. They took some action. That person was apologetic and co-operative with police and an infringement notice was issued,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

Mr Joyce addressed the incident during an interview with Sky News’ Alan Jones.

“The other day I went into the Caltex service station, I was going to the airport, I forgot to get fuel for Vikki, fill the car up with fuel, went in, 30 seconds later 200 bucks it cost me because I didn’t wear one of these,” he said while holding up a mask.

“But that’s life,” he shrugged.

Extracted in full from:Barnaby Joyce fined $200 for Covid breach at Caltex petrol station (yahoo.com)