Toronto (Spokesman News Service) 11th Oct'18: Turbaned Sikhs of Ontario will be able to ride their motorcycles without wearing helmets soon. On Wednesday, the Progressive Conservative government said that the exemption which goes into effect Oct. 18 will recognize Sikh motorcycle riders’ civil rights and religious expression. Our government also believes that individuals have personal accountability and responsibility with respect to their own well-being”, Doug Ford said.
“I have been calling for a helmet exemption for turbaned Ontario Sikh motorcyclists for several years now,” Tory legislator Prabmeet Sarkaria said in a statement. The wearing of the turban is an essential part of the Sikh faith and identity, and exemptions for Sikhs have been successfully implemented in other provinces in Canada and across the world.” Ford said the move to allow the helmet exemption came after listening to the Sikh community.
He also said it fulfilled a promise made during the spring election campaign. Turbaned Sikhs are already exempt from wearing motorcycle helmets in Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia. The United Kingdom implemented a motorcycle helmet exemption for Sikhs in 1976, the Ontario government noted.