Ford Vans banned from flying the flag

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As football fever sweeps the nation and people start to don their England Shirts, paint their faces and sing the national anthem with patriotic pride, the St George flags start to appear in cars and excitement builds for each game that England plays.

Unfortunately some workers have been banned from flying their flags in their work vehicles, namely Royal Mail, who drives the iconic Ford Transit amongst other vehicles in their fleet. It is believed that flying the flag could cause offence to many other residents in the UK and that the Royal Mail should be seen to be impartial. Flags are allowed up in the offices, just not any of the Transit Vans.

Other companies have banned their staff from wearing England football shirts to work and many companies aren’t allowing their staff to leave early for matches that kick off during standard work hours much to the furore of their staff.

One argument for not allowing flags to fly in commercial vans is the prevention of any potential road rage or incident that could occur between rival country supporters. It’s easy to assume the majority of Royal Mail drivers will be supporting England but flying the flag could be like a red rag to a bull if England beat a country and knock them out, some fellow driver on the road may take offence.

With football hooliganism on the rise, it is possible to understand why large companies take precautionary measures but it doesn’t mean that you can’t fly the flag with pride in your own van or car out of work hours.

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