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Flags attached to cars must not block the driver’s view

Social media users shared a post on X stating that people “could be fined for flying the England flag during Euro 2024”.

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Fines only apply to people displaying a flag on their car – of any kind – in a way that obscures the driver’s view. The law prohibits items that would obstruct a driver’s vision or pose a danger to pedestrians or other road users.

Facts

Article 30 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations states: “Every motor vehicle shall be so designed and constructed that its driver, while operating the vehicle, shall have at all times a full view of the road and of the traffic in front of the motor vehicle. “

Government guidance from 2010 stated: ‘It is not a specific offense to display a flag on a vehicle and most vehicle flags currently on sale are legal, provided they are fitted to the vehicle in a reasonable manner.

“However, it is worth noting the following: flags that are so large that they obscure the driver’s view of traffic ahead may contravene Regulation 30 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986.

“Flags constructed or placed in such a way as to cause a hazard to pedestrians or other road users may contravene Regulations 53 or 100 of the above regulations.”

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Post X (archived)

Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (archived)

Gov.uk – Mascots and flags (archive)