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TfL bans England flag on London cabs

By Mathilda Bartholomew | June 25, 2024

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TfL officials argue that the St George's Cross might cause accidents by catching drivers' attention

TfL bans England flag on London cabs

Transport for London (TfL), under Sadiq Khan, has ignited controversy by banning taxi drivers from flying the England flag, citing potential distractions for other motorists.

TfL officials argue that the St George's Cross might cause accidents by catching drivers' attention. London cabbies have been warned that flying the flag could lead to serious penalties, including losing their licenses. Many drivers are outraged, claiming the flags are no more distracting than ads on vehicles.

Unlike in London, taxi drivers elsewhere in the UK can still display the flag to support England in the Euros.

This ban extends to all flags and stickers for the Euros in London. Fred Perkins, a Chelsea-based cab driver, expressed his frustration to The Sun, saying, "It's nonsense. It's all coming down from Khan at the top, because he's ultimately in charge.

"Our society has really gone woke when we can't fly a little flag for England for the Euros." added Perkins.

TfL guidelines warn 'Breaches of regulations could lead to a formal sanction - such as a warning, Fixed Penalty Notice, prosecution or licence review'.

A TfL spokesperson emphasised, "For the safety of all passengers and drivers, we have guidelines about what can be displayed in or on taxis and private hire vehicles.

"Only official signs and stickers can be displayed. Any other signage or flags are not permitted because they could cause a distraction to other drivers and other road users.

"These guidelines apply to all flags and signage."

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