Banned from flying the flag for England

Cllr and Taxi Driver Andrew Jenkinson laughs at the Councils suggestion that his taxi flags are a health and safety issue.Picture Richard Ponter 122507b

Cllr and Taxi Driver Andrew Jenkinson laughs at the Councils suggestion that his taxi flags are a health and safety issue.Picture Richard Ponter 122507b

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A Scarborough taxi driver and councillor is fighting back after being told to take

England flags off his cab.

Cllr Andrew Jenkinson, who represents Newby ward, decked out his taxi in red and white to support England in the Euro 2012 Championships.

But after a conversation with the council’s licensing office, Cllr Jenkinson received a letter stating he was breaking the Taxi and Private Hire Policy.

The letter ends: “I trust that you will comply by removing any flags from your hire vehicle.”

Cllr Jenkinson said: “It think it’s absolutely ridiculous and everyone I’ve spoken to backs me 100 per cent. I should be able to fly flags when England are playing. I’m not wanting to do it on a permanent basis.

“There has to be a bit of give and take. I just want to show I’m proud of my country.”

The letter said that the issue had been raised two years ago and it was decided not to allow the display of flags attached to vehicle windows. It states: “As with all aspects of Taxi and Private Hire Licensing, the primary concern is the safety of the travelling public and it was considered that this was not safe practice.”

Andy Skelton, head of environmental services, said: “As a council we are very much in favour of our residents showing their patriotism. “

But he added: “If we allow flags of our own nationality to be flown then we would quickly get to a situation where drivers might think they can display the flags of other nations or show political affiliations and allegiances and this is something that may cause offence to some people.”