Due to the sometimes poor quality of driving in England, the Department of Transport has devised a new scheme in order to identify poor drivers and give good drivers the opportunity to recognise them whilst driving.
From the middle of May 2006 drivers who are found to be driving badly, which includes:- overtaking in dangerous places, hovering within one inch of the car in front, stopping sharply, speeding in residential areas, pulling out without indication, performing U turns inappropriately in busy high streets, under taking on motorways and taking up more than one lane in multi lane roads, will be issued with flags, white with a red cross, signifying their inability to drive properly.
These flags must be clipped to a door of the car and be visible to all other drivers and pedestrians.
Those drivers who have shown particularly poor driving skills will have to display a flag on each side of the car to indicate their greater lack of skill and general lower intelligence to the general public.
Department of Transport"
Hm, it's funny..
.. but I don't really find the flags offensive neither do I see why they should be. The problem has been the long association or, rather, the appropriation by extreme right wing groups of the British and English flags, which tends to make people uneasy about the display of those symbols. Maybe it is time to claim them back, although how this is going to be achieved by a chav putting a flag on either side of his Cavalier and thus possibly endangering bikers might be open to question.... but that is another discussion.