What the law says about flying the England flag on cars or homes

With football hopefully coming home following England’s incredible victory over Ukraine on Saturday night (July 3) you might be thinking how best to show off your patriotism.

Euro 2020 has seen England’s St George’s Cross flown almost everywhere, from pubs to official government buildings and everything in between.

But the flying of the England flag – and other types of flags – is governed by rules brought in 2012.

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At that time, the Government changed regulations to widen the types of flags people can fly in England in order to be more inclusive.

The regulations now allow for an extensive variety of national, sub-national, community and international flags.

Here is a full list of flags that do not require any consent:

(a) Any country’s national flag, civil ensign or civil air ensign;

(b) The flag of the Commonwealth, the European Union, the United Nations or any other international organisation of which the United Kingdom is a member;

(c) A flag of any island, county, district, borough, burgh, parish, city, town or village within the United Kingdom;

(d) 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;

(f) The flag of Saint Patrick;

(g) The flag of any administrative area within any country outside the United Kingdom;

(h) Any flag of Her Majesty’s forces;

(i) The Armed Forces Day flag.

The flags of St George and St Andrew are recognised as the national flags of England and Scotland, but the flags of St David and St Patrick are listed separately as they do not necessarily fall into the category of a country’s national flag.

Flying flags on cars

One major issue is people attaching flags to cars due to the safety concerns that can be associated with it, reports BirminghamLive.

There are multiple issues to consider when driving with flags attached to the car but the main concern is vision – drivers must consider whether the flag obscures their vision of the road or that of any other drivers.

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Another potential hazard is whether the flag could be classed as an insecure load, i.e. likely to come off and cause damage/injury.

The size of the flag is also an issue on cars – a normal flag (usually about the size of a piece of A4 paper) would not normally cause any problems but obviously the larger the flag, the more potential for problems.

There is an offence of having a mascot/emblem on the car, in that, if the vehicle were to collide with someone, the mascot would strike them and cause injury.

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