Sikhs formally allowed to wear turbans instead of helmets in Oz

Apr 23, 2013, 11:40 IST | Agencies

Transport Minister Scott Emerson said the people will have to demonstrate that they are a Sikh but fell short of explaining what degree of proof would be required, Courier Mail reported.

Emerson said that the exemption was a "common sense" move and followed the overturning of a fine issued to a man for not wearing a helmet in the place of his turban while he was riding a bicycle in Brisbane.

He asserted that if someone was able to demonstrate that they have been a member of a long-standing religion that does require them to wear headwear which might make it very difficult to wear a helmet, the government will accept that.

Emerson added that wearing a full burka will not be an excuse for not wearing any helmet.

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