Sikhs who ride motorcycles will no longer be required to wear helmets in Ontario.
Premier Doug Ford, along with the Sikh Motorcycle Club of Ontario, made the announcement today in Brampton, officially backing a helmet exemption for Sikhs in the province.
MPP Prabhmeet Singh Sarkariya introduced the private bill to the legislature to amend section 104 of the Highway Traffic Act that requires persons riding or operating a motorcycle or motor assisted bicycle on a highway to wear a helmet.
Bill 41, Highway Traffic Amendment Act (Helmet Exemption for Sikh Motorcyclists), exempts members of the Sikh religion who have unshorn hair and who habitually wear turbans from the requirement to wear a helmet.
Currently, BC, Alberta, and Manitoba have such exemptions.
“Safety is a priority for all of us, we have to respect the civil rights and that’s what I believe in and religion expressions,” said Ford. “They want to express themselves, I am all supportive, 100% behind them.”
We also congratulate the Sikh Motorcycle Club of Ontario for their advocacy on this issue! pic.twitter.com/vlB99qVNHe
— WSO (@WorldSikhOrg) October 10, 2018