Football fans planning to show their love for the team by flying a huge England flag from their cars for the Euros have been warned they could be fined £1,000.
The tournament kicks off on Friday and will see the Three Lions clash with Croatia on Sunday as they open their campaign.
Punters are due to flock to beer gardens in the expected heatwave to cheer on their team and enjoy the sun while others will watch from home.
But there’s one form of celebration that will likely lead to hefty fines, car specialists have said.
The dangers of showing support for your team on the road have been highlighted by leading automotive outfit Select Car Leasing.
There’s no specific offence for driving with a flag attached to your car and most on sale are perfectly legal if fitted correctly, WalesOnline reports.
But one that is particularly large and obscures the driver’s vision could risk convening Regulation 30 of The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, which states motorists must have a full view of the road and traffic ahead.
A flag that could cause danger to pedestrians or other road users could fall foul of Regulation 53 of the same regulation, which also covers ‘mascot, emblems or other ornamental objects’ attached to motors.
The rule states mascots must not be positioned ‘where it is likely to strike any person with whom the vehicle may collide unless the mascot is not liable to cause injury’.
Breaking the rules could see drivers of cars or small vans slapped with a £1,000 fine.
Graham Conway, general manager of Select Car Leasing, said: “With the Euros set to get underway this week, excitement is building.
“Especially as football fans have had to wait a year after the tournament was delayed by the Covid crisis.
“Showing your support with a flag, scarf or mascot won’t be a problem for most.
“But it’s important to make sure the driver’s vision is never impaired by anything you attach to your vehicle.
“Not only could it risk causing an accident, but it could also hit you in the pocket.
“If you’re planning on flying a flag or attaching a mascot to your motor, make sure it can’t pose a risk to you or anyone else.”