Royal Mail bans postal workers from flying England flags during World Cup

Daniel Fowler
June 17, 2018

It has told drivers not to adorn, vans, trollies or lorries with England flags or stickers, as it could obstruct their vision.

The Royal Mail has told its staff of van drivers, trolley pushers and even the village bike-riding delivery person that it's not OK to show support for the England football team during the imminent World Cup, as putting flags and stickers in vans and windows is potentially hazardous.

Royal Mail said its 25,000 backroom staff would be allowed to put up the flag.

Ms Howard said the move had been welcomed by all those living in the estate, with some people choosing to display the flag of their home nation alongside the red and white of England.

The Royal Mail isn't the only company to ban World Cup flags outside offices.

Howard said her act of displaying a flag was soon followed by a neigbour, before estate residents were asked by letter if they were happy with the new decor.

It may cost drivers at the pump though - with some experts claiming an average vehicle with two flags attached burns an extra litre of fuel per hour than those without.

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PAEngland flags being proudly flown in south London

One furious postie said: "It's bonkers, frankly".

Explaining the policy, that has been in place for a number of years, a Royal Mail spokesman said: 'Flags should not be flown on vehicles as Royal Mail has a duty of care both to all employees and to members of the public.

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It said flags can "obscure the driver's view" or harm other motorists if they fly off mid-journey.

The company will allow flags to be displayed in its officers and radio commentary will play on PA systems throughout their offices during matches, the BBC reported.

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