While Health & Safety is essential in many dangerous situations, the application of the rules often turns on the ludicrous. Case in point, the Mayor of Maidstone's car should not bear the flag of office in case it falls off and does someone an injury.
This is a case of tradition versus the absurd, so I hope tradition wins. But I don't bank on it.
But surely, the car is the danger - after all as a fast moving projectile it has plenty of opportunity to kill and maim, doesn't it? Perhaps the Mayor of Maidstone should be forced to walk, in which case she can carry the flag in her hand!