U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was issued a fine by police on Friday for taking off his seat belt to film a social media video in a moving car. According to U.K. law, failing to wear a seat belt is punishable by a penalty of up to 500 pounds ($620). Sunak’s office has reportedly accepted the mistake and said he “fully accepts this was a mistake and has apologized” and will comply with the fixed penalty.
This is not the first time Sunak has been fined during his political career. He was also fined 50 pounds last year for breaching the U.K. pandemic lockdown rules. Sunak took office promising “integrity, professionalism and accountability” after his predecessor’s policies rocked the U.K. economy.
The incident has raised serious questions about the Prime Minister’s judgement and has caused a stir in the political world. Sunak’s office has accepted the mistake and apologized, yet some believe the incident is a sign of hypocrisy and disregards the Prime Minister’s promise of being “accountable” for his decisions.
Sunak has been in office for just over a year and this is only the second time he has been fined. While this incident does not reflect well on the prime minister, it is important to note that he has accepted responsibility for his actions and apologized for his mistake.
It remains to be seen how the public will react to this incident and whether it will have any lasting consequences for Sunak. Despite the controversy, it is hoped that the Prime Minister will be able to recover from this incident and continue to work to bring stability to the U.K. economy.