Friday, August 29, 2014

Ontario Sikhs ‘deeply disappointed’ with new helmet law

Motorcyclist doing a wheelie on the freeway in Ontario, Canada.

The province’s premier has informed Sikhs they are not exempted from motorcycle helmet laws.
In a letter this month to the Canadian Sikh Association, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne wrote that not wearing a helmet poses “a road safety risk.”
“Ultimately, the safety of Ontarians is my utmost priority, and I cannot justify setting that concern aside.”
The Sikh association said it had worked for years to get an exemption on religious grounds, stressing that devout Sikh men are required to wear turbans to cover unshorn hair, over which motorcycle helmets do not fit.
It noted that two Canadian provinces — Manitoba and British Columbia — as well as Great Britain do not require turbaned Sikhs to wear a helmet.
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