Exempt Sikhs from Helmet Canadian Safety Council’s Reginald Merchant said “frustrating”

Surjit Singh Flora

Premier Doug Ford met members of Sikh Motorcycle Club to discuss helmet laws on Oct 10 at 10:30 am at Millennium Gardens Banquet Centre, Brampton

in Brampton, Ontario Premiere Doug Ford, Ontario’s premier Doug Ford, in collaboration with members of Sikh Motorcycle Club, announced that from Oct 18th the turbaned Sikhs will be sealed on the regulation to exempt from helmets. This will allow the turbaned Sikhs to be exempted from motorcycle riding in Ontario and Ontario will become the fourth province.

On Wednesday, the Progressive Conservative government said the rebate would be given from October 18. This decision has been taken keeping in mind the civil rights and religious affiliation of the Sikhs. Premier Doug Ford said in a statement that the safety of our nationals on the streets will always be our priority. But our government also believes that every individual has a personal responsibility and responsibility towards special attention.
Last week, the bill was present by Tory legislator Prabmeet Sarkaria Brampton MPP to amend the Highway Traffic Act, allowing the exemption of Sikhs from Helmets, but on Wednesday, the government said that they will bring such a change through the rules. It also needs to be told that the first reading of this bill will be held on October 18 and the probability is that it should be recognized as Regulation on the same day.

Sarkaria said in a statement that it has been years since he has been demanding exemption from helmets to the turbaned rider of Ontario’s motorbike. He said that wearing of a turban is an important part of Sikh religion and it also shows a different identity of the Sikhs. Such a waiver from Helmet is available to all the other provinces of Canada and worldwide. Also, Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia have already given exemption to the wearing of a turban while driving a motorcycle.

The Ontario government said that such exemption from wearing a helmet Sikhs motorcycles the United Kingdom was granted in 1976. Ford said such exemption from Helmut has been decided only after hearing the arguments of the Sikh community. He said that he has promised another commitment made during his election campaign.

Ontario’s Sikh Motorcycle Club has welcomed this announcement. The club has written on its Facebook page that soon we will be driving a motorcycle in our entirety. Indrajeet Singh Jagraon thanked the premier Doug Ford from the Sikh motorcycle camp, saying that it will be a historic decision and on the 18th day we will all go to Queens Park on the reading of this bill. Likewise, Khushbant Bajwa said that arrangements for buses have been arranged to go 18th Ontario Parliament. He said that what has been done by the MPP Prabmeet Sarkaria Brampton MPP. Was needed for a long time. They said that today we are proud of our elected candidates.

It is worth noting that the exemption from the exemption granted by the former Liberal government of Ontario was being discontinued. The Liberal government said that with the exception of Road Safety, Sikh motorcycle riders cannot be given this exemption without academic research and a legal decision. Canadian Safety Council’s General Manager of the Program, Reginald Merchant described this decision as “frustrating”. But he said that he was not surprised by this because Ford had been giving signals for several months. Meanwhile, the World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomed this decision. It is to be told here that Ontario’s Sikhs had long been demanding this exemption from the local government.
Surjit Singh Flora

Premier Doug Ford met members of Sikh Motorcycle Club to discuss helmet laws on Oct 10 at 10:30 am at Millennium Gardens Banquet Centre, Brampton

in Brampton, Ontario Premiere Doug Ford, Ontario’s premier Doug Ford, in collaboration with members of Sikh Motorcycle Club, announced that from Oct 18th the turbaned Sikhs will be sealed on the regulation to exempt from helmets. This will allow the turbaned Sikhs to be exempted from motorcycle riding in Ontario and Ontario will become the fourth province.

On Wednesday, the Progressive Conservative government said the rebate would be given from October 18. This decision has been taken keeping in mind the civil rights and religious affiliation of the Sikhs. Premier Doug Ford said in a statement that the safety of our nationals on the streets will always be our priority. But our government also believes that every individual has a personal responsibility and responsibility towards special attention.
Last week, the bill was present by Tory legislator Prabmeet Sarkaria Brampton MPP to amend the Highway Traffic Act, allowing the exemption of Sikhs from Helmets, but on Wednesday, the government said that they will bring such a change through the rules. It also needs to be told that the first reading of this bill will be held on October 18 and the probability is that it should be recognized as Regulation on the same day.

Sarkaria said in a statement that it has been years since he has been demanding exemption from helmets to the turbaned rider of Ontario’s motorbike. He said that wearing of a turban is an important part of Sikh religion and it also shows a different identity of the Sikhs. Such a waiver from Helmet is available to all the other provinces of Canada and worldwide. Also, Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia have already given exemption to the wearing of a turban while driving a motorcycle.

The Ontario government said that such exemption from wearing a helmet Sikhs motorcycles the United Kingdom was granted in 1976. Ford said such exemption from Helmut has been decided only after hearing the arguments of the Sikh community. He said that he has promised another commitment made during his election campaign.

Ontario’s Sikh Motorcycle Club has welcomed this announcement. The club has written on its Facebook page that soon we will be driving a motorcycle in our entirety. Indrajeet Singh Jagraon thanked the premier Doug Ford from the Sikh motorcycle camp, saying that it will be a historic decision and on the 18th day we will all go to Queens Park on the reading of this bill. Likewise, Khushbant Bajwa said that arrangements for buses have been arranged to go 18th Ontario Parliament. He said that what has been done by the MPP Prabmeet Sarkaria Brampton MPP. Was needed for a long time. They said that today we are proud of our elected candidates.

It is worth noting that the exemption from the exemption granted by the former Liberal government of Ontario was being discontinued. The Liberal government said that with the exception of Road Safety, Sikh motorcycle riders cannot be given this exemption without academic research and a legal decision. Canadian Safety Council’s General Manager of the Program, Reginald Merchant described this decision as “frustrating”. But he said that he was not surprised by this because Ford had been giving signals for several months. Meanwhile, the World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomed this decision. It is to be told here that Ontario’s Sikhs had long been demanding this exemption from the local government.

Surjit Singh Flora is a veteran journalist and freelance writer based in Brampton.

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