Royal Mail bans postal workers from displaying ‘potentially hazardous’ England flags during World Cup

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
The England flag on vans is ‘potentially hazardous’, according to Royal Mail (Rex)

Patriotic postal workers have been banned from flying the England flag during the World Cup over health and safety grounds.

Royal Mail say delivery vehicles will not be able to display the flag of any nation during the world’s biggest football tournament.

However, workers can put up flags in offices, with mail centres already having flags on display usually representing the countries workers come from.

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.

Royal Mail have banned drivers from having England flags on their vans during the World Cup (Rex)

‘This is a company-wide policy across the business which covers flags and stickers across trollies, bikes, vans and lorries. No other flag or insignia should be carried next to the Royal Mail brand and insignias.

‘Flags placed on vehicles can obscure the driver’s view. They can also pose a potential hazard to other road users if they are lost when the vehicle is moving.

‘We do want our colleagues to have every opportunity to follow the World Cup but we need to continue to provide services to customers.

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‘There will be flags on display in Royal Mail offices and live radio commentary playing on PA systems during matches.’

Some postal workers are frustrated with the policy, with one telling the Telegraph: ‘It’s bonkers, frankly.

The England squad are gearing up for the start of the World Cup (Rex)

‘Many posties are football fans and want to show their support for England – but we’re not allowed to do so.’

Another added: “Other vehicles use car flags without causing accidents, so why are we any different?’