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Postmen Banned By Royal Mail From Flying Flags During World Cup

HuffPost UK logo HuffPost UK 14/06/2018 Chris York
a person wearing a red bicycle is parked next to a building: Postman Gerry Cryer delivering the post in Bristol. © Matt Cardy via Getty Images Postman Gerry Cryer delivering the post in Bristol.

Royal Mail has warned postmen not to fly flags or place stickers on their vans, bikes and trolleys during the World Cup due to safety fears.

Workers have branded the decision “bonkers” and said it stops them from showing their support for their home nations during the football tournament which kicks off in Russia today.

Royal Mail employs some 125,000 delivery staff working from 1,400 depots across the country. 

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The company has had the directive in place for previous World Cups as flags can pose a safety risk to other drivers if they become detached whilst driving.

A postman in South West London told the Daily Mail: “It’s bonkers, frankly. Many posties are football fans and want to show their support for England – but we’re not allowed to do so.”

In a statement, the Royal Mail said: “Flags should not be flown on vehicles as Royal Mail has a duty of care both to all employees and to members of the public.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: The Railway public house in Newton is decorated with Saint George's flags in preparation for the FIFA World Cup on June 11, 2018 in Manchester, England. The FIFA 2018 World Cup begins on June 14 when hosts Russia play Saudi Arabia in Moscow  (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images) © Getty MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: The Railway public house in Newton is decorated with Saint George's flags in preparation for the FIFA World Cup on June 11, 2018 in Manchester, England. The FIFA 2018 World Cup begins on June 14 when hosts Russia play Saudi Arabia in Moscow (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)

“This is a company-wide policy which covers flags and stickers on trollies, bikes, vans and lorries.

“No other flag or insignia should be carried next to the Royal Mail brand and insignias.”

But some commentators have branded the decision as “petty” and unpatriotic.

As a concession the company will display flags at “offices up and down the country” as well as playing “live radio commentary on PA systems during matches”.

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