Royal Mail bosses have been branded as woke after banning postmen from flying patriotic flags on company vans and lorries during the World Cup. All flags – including England, Wales, and other countries – have been barred from Royal Mail’s 48,000 delivery vehicles.
The ban is also understood to apply to miniature St George’s flags and stickers.
They explained there were concerns that flags would cause rows between pedestrians and drivers.
The delivery firm even added that flags could blow off the back of vans and cause accidents.
A postman and worker in South London has something to say about the changes.
Patriotic groups have also blasted the flag ban.
Nick Dutt, chairman of The Royal Society of St George’s, which promotes ‘Englishness,’ said: “Royal Mail is finding excuses not to allow flags. They are hiding behind health and safety. It’s frustrating.
“We should be celebrating our football team and who we are, and be proud of our country and our flag. People should be allowed to fly flags.”
The Royal Mail said it has a general “no flags” policy at all times.
A spokesperson explained fully the proposed reasons for the ban, which nclude fears flags could cause rows between its workers, pedestrians and road users.
They said: “Flags on vehicles can be a distraction to other road users. Poorly-positioned items can block vision.
“Poorly-fitted items can fall off and be a hazard.
“Flags also introduce the risk of confrontation with other road users or pedestrians. For this reason, we do not permit celebratory flags to be displayed. It’s a company-wide policy across the business and covers trollies, vans and lorries.”