Driving a motorcycle: no more need of a helmet for sikhs in Alberta

News 30 March, 2018
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    Friday, 30 march 2018 10:45

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    EDMONTON – After British Columbia and Manitoba, Alberta became the third province in the country to allow sikhs not to wear a helmet on a motorcycle.

    The ndp government announced on Thursday changes to the highway Code which will come into force as early as April 12, next. The exemption is provided for drivers or passengers aged over 18 years of age and who are “true members of the sikh religion”.

    “The sikh community urged us to grant this exemption in recognition of his civil rights and his religious expression. Our government is committed to these principles”, explained in a press release the minister of alberta Transportation, Brian Mason.

    According to the province, Alberta has the third largest population of sikhs in Canada, about 52 335 persons, according to the 2011 census of Statistics Canada.