Driving caution: How you could be penalized if you drive with the flag of the United Kingdom flying in your car
Patriotic football fans have been cautioned that adorning their cars to show support for Gareth Southgate and his side could result in a hefty fine.
Today (June 11), Euro 2020 begins, and football fans are anticipating England’s first match against Croatia on Sunday. Patriotic drivers are being told that if they are found flying England flags or other team items from their vehicles, they could face a £1,000 punishment.
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Using such objects to decorate a vehicle can obstruct a driver’s vision and be exceedingly dangerous.
Select Car Leasing, a vehicle rental company, has called attention to the laws, saying that a particularly large flag that obstructs a driver’s visibility could be in violation of Regulation 30 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986. A driver must always have a clear vision of the road and traffic ahead of them, according to the rule.
“No mascot, emblem, or other ornamental object shall be carried by a motor vehicle in any position where it is likely to strike any person with whom the vehicle may collide,” says Rule 53 of the same regulation.
According to WalesOnline, breaking these guidelines might result in a £1,000 punishment.
“With the Euros ready to begin this week, excitement is building,” said Graham Conway, general manager of Select Car Leasing. Especially when football fans have had to wait a year after the Covid crisis forced the tournament to be postponed.
“Most people won’t have any trouble showing their support with a flag, scarf, or mascot.
“However, it is critical to ensure that nothing you attach to your car impairs the driver’s eyesight. It not only runs the risk of causing an accident, but it also has the potential to cost you money.
“If you plan on flying a flag or putting a mascot to your vehicle, make sure it won’t endanger you or others.”