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England flag ban for taxi drivers in Canterbury

Taxi and flag
The rules ban flags, as well as signs motifs and emblems

Taxi drivers in a Kent city are upset after being told they are not allowed to fly flags from their vehicles during the World Cup football tournament.

Canterbury City Council has said attaching England flags to cabs would breach rules on what can be displayed on public service vehicles.

Cabbies face having their licences revoked if they ignore the ban.

The authority has said it is happy to review the policy but that a full consultation needs to take place.

'Strict rules'

Cab driver Colin Mitchell said: "It is about being patriotic to the country and because England are in the World Cup."

Larissa Laing, from the council, said: "We accept that many taxi drivers want to be patriotic and we have been fully supportive of them wearing England shirts.

"However, it is a public service vehicle and as such there are very strict rules and what can and cannot be displayed on a taxi and sadly an England flag, or any flag, cannot be displayed."

The rules ban any signs, letters, motifs, emblems, or marks from taxis.

During the Euro 2004 football championship, Thanet District Council temporarily reversed a rule which banned flags from taxis.

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