With the 2018 Russia World Cup fanfare taking the country by storm once again, and England’s second Group game awaiting on Sunday vs Panama, fans across the country are supporting Gareth Southgate’s men flying their St George’s flag upon their car, BUT can you get in trouble for doing so?

With a 2-1 victory in the bag already, thanks to a brace from Harry Kane in England’s opening game against Tunisia last week, the anticipation for football finally coming home is a possibility amongst supporters.

As we know, During major sports tournaments Brits like to show their support for the team by flying flags from their cars, however, recently the Government altered the regulations that dictate which type of flags you can and cannot fly in England.

The full list of flags that do not require consent are:

  1. Any country’s national flag, civil ensign or civil air ensign
  2. The flag of the Commonwealth, the European Union, the United Nations or any other international organisation of which the United Kingdom is a member
  3. A flag of any island, county, district, borough, burgh, parish, city, town or village within the United Kingdom
  4. The flag of the Black Country, East Anglia, Wessex, any Part of Lincolnshire, any Riding of Yorkshire or any historic county within the United Kingdom; (e) The flag of Saint David
  5. The flag of Saint Patrick
  6. The flag of any administrative area within any country outside the United Kingdom
  7. Any flag of Her Majesty’s forces
  8. The Armed Forces Day flag.

Changes to the rules were made as a result of health and safety issues following the 2010 World Cup where councils asked for a number of flags to be taken down or removed.

Before then it was illegal to fly a national flag without the permission of a local council, except if flown from a vertical flagpole. Thus, a compromise was made to permit flags being flown during a special occasion, such as major sports tournaments. However, the law is a little more complicated when it concerns flying flags from cars – flags must not obscure the driver’s vision and use be safely secured and not be at risk of coming off and causing damage or injury.

The recommended size to be attached to your is that of an A4 flag or smaller because larger flags have more potential to cause problems on the road not only for you but other drivers and pedestrians.

Will you still be flying your flag for the nation in this Summer’s World Cup 2018?

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