Affective April 18, 2018 Alberta turban-wearing Sikh motorcyclists will no longer need to wear helmets.
“The Sikh community has urged us to grant this exemption in recognition of its civil rights and religious expression,” said Brian Mason, Alberta’s Minister of Transportation in a statement. “Our government is committed to these principles.”
The province’s Traffic Safety Act is being amended to reflect the exemption.
Baltej Singh Dhillion, the first RCMP officer to wear a turban, applauds the move. “The decision by the Government of Alberta to allow Sikhs to be able to ride their motorcycles without having to remove their turbans, which is an integral part of the Sikh identity, demonstrates a deep respect for the traditions and customs of the Sikh community,” said Dhillon in a statement. “This exemption is a testament to the Government of Alberta’s continued commitment to respecting diversity and religious rights of all Albertans.”