Drivers have been told that flying England flags on their cars during Euro 2020 will result in a £1,000 fine.
Large England flags should not be flown from cars by football supporters.
Motorists who want to display the patriotic emblem on their vehicles could risk a £1,000 punishment.
This is because the driver’s eyesight may be obstructed by the flag’s position on the vehicle.
Select Car Leasing has highlighted the surprising restriction as fans prepare to watch Gareth Southgate’s team face Croatia in their first match on Sunday.
Driving with a flag connected to your automobile is not illegal, and most on the market are entirely lawful if installed correctly.
According to WalesOnline, a vehicle that is unusually huge and obscures the driver’s vision may be in violation of Regulation 30 of The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, which specifies that motorists must have a clear view of the road and traffic ahead.
Law 53 of the same regulation, which also regulates ‘mascots, badges, or other ornamental things’ attached to motors, could apply to a flag that could endanger pedestrians or other road users.
Mascots must not be placed “where they are likely to strike any person with whom the vehicle may collide unless the mascot is not liable to cause injury,” according to the regulations.
Drivers of automobiles or small vans who break the regulations might face a £1,000 fine.
“With the Euros ready to begin this week, excitement is building,” said Graham Conway, general manager of Select Car Leasing.
“Especially because football fans have had to wait a year after the Covid crisis forced the tournament to be postponed.
“Most people will have no trouble showing their support with a flag, scarf, or mascot.
“However, you must ensure that nothing you attach to your car impairs the driver’s view.
“Not only does it run the risk of causing an accident, but it also has the potential to cost you money.
“If you’re going to fly a flag or attach a mascot to your vehicle, make sure it won’t endanger you or others.”