Loop salutes those taking the time to physically show their pride, but wants people to be educated and to avoid breaking the law.
To those patriotic persons displaying their flags on their vehicles, we recognise your efforts to show your love for country but note, ‘Except on a day of special significance the national Flag shall not be flown on a motor car without the permission of the minister.’
‘Where the National Flag is flown on a motor car it shall be affixed to a small staff erected on the right front fender of the motor car so that the Flag should be above the bonnet of that motor car.’
And since it seems that flag etiquette as demonstrated by some individuals, businesses and institutions is questionable sometimes across the island, let’s take a moment to review some of the other Barbados flag rules.
- The Flag should not be faded or bleached and a torn flag should be repaired before being hoisted.
- No other flag may be flown above the Barbados flag.
- No other flag, colour, standard, ensign or other emblem should be displayed above or to the right of the National Flag, that is the observer’s left facing it.
- When the National Flag is flown with other flags it should be the first to be hoisted and the last to be lowered while the other flags are flying or being hoisted.
- The National Flag will be flown every day from the Public Buildings, Trafalgar Square, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. It may be flown daily from Government buildings and schools when they are in session, and places of business. The National Flag should not be flown after 6:00 p.m. except inside a building. However, on important ceremonial occasions the flag may be flown in the open after 6:00 p.m. when it should be floodlit if possible.
- The Flag should not be used for purposes of adornment or advertising. It should not be printed on, or reproduced on, articles of clothing or furniture.
- The Flag when on display should not be allowed to touch anything beneath it such as furniture, floors, trees, plants, vehicles, buildings, water or the earth.
- The National Flag is flown at half-staff in mourning.
- The Flag should never be flown with the trident inverted except as a signal of distress.
- The Flag should not be displayed on a float, motorcar or other vehicle or on a boat, except from a staff or masthead.
These rules were taken from the National Emblems and National Anthem of Barbados (Regulation) Act – Chapter 300A of the Laws of Barbados and this Act regulates the use of the National Emblems and National Anthem of Barbados.
Additionally, understand that it is also an offence to mutilate, cut, tear or in any other way deface any of the National Emblems. In addition the consent of the Minister given in writing must be obtained before anyone can print or write on, affix a stamp to or otherwise mark any of the National Emblems. This carries on summary conviction a fine of one thousand dollars or imprisonment for one year or both.