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Power drivers told: 'No flags'

PUBLISHED: 16:04 31 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

DRIVERS for power company 24seven have been told they cannot fly their countries' flags in celebration of the jubilee and the World Cup.

The company has defended their decision, saying they are simply reinforcing existing rules.

DRIVERS for power company 24seven have been told they cannot fly their countries' flags in celebration of the jubilee and the World Cup.

The company has defended their decision, saying they are simply reinforcing existing rules.

Nick Akers, head of communications for the company, said that the decision was nothing to do with offending ethnic minorities within the company as had been suggested within the media earlier in the week.

He said that the company did not want stickers and flags detracting from their name, particularly in emergency situations where drivers were often called out by the fire service to turn off electricity.

Safety was also a concern. Mr Akers said: "We don't want windows obscured or flags flapping which might distract the driver.

"We also don't want vehicles or aerials damaged by stickers and flags.

"We have had some questions from staff but there will always be people in a company this size who are not happy with things.

"But I don't think there are many members of staff who want to have flags and stickers."

He also added that their rules were probably in line with emergency services who were unlikely to be putting stickers and flags on their vehicles.


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