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Gsxrlfc

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Gsxrlfc says:

Helmet law?

Recently at a bike meet in Staffordshire I noticed a rider turn up on his bike wearing a turban and no helmet. This may be old news but it still shocked me and I understand the religious side of this but surely the law states that you have to wear a helmet and law aside it's there for safety? So why is it being allowed on the...

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adlhancock

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adlhancock says:

Old news indeed

This quirk of the law dates back to 1976, and is primarily thanks to this guy: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/boo66/6941104910/ More details here: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120122/jsp/7days/story_15036596.jsp

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Rogerborg

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Rogerborg says:

The squeaky wheel gets the grease

Sikhs, or those professing to be Sikhs, get to pack knives everywhere as well, most lately into Olympic venues.

Contrast with Fred Hill who went to gaol over and over for refusing to pay fines for not wearing a helmet, and who eventually died in pokey essentially as a political prisoner.

No law change for him though, because he didn't whinge and moan about representing an oh-so-special interest group.

At the moment, the ECHR disallows discrimination against just about any whinge-group you care to name but positive discrimination is just fine and dandy.

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FAM81

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Darkrapture

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Darkrapture says:

Rogerborg

Roger blame the law, not the people it randomly chooses to serve.

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GonzoBlade

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GonzoBlade says:

I agree with DarkRapture.  Sikh's don't have to wear helmets, oh, boo-hoo!  Much bigger problems exist - in fact, this isn't even a problem. Can't really see what your problem is, Rogerborg.

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RICHARD545

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RICHARD545 says:

correct

I agree too, its a fact, and the law, and the Sikhs problem if he falls off, end of !!!

Would anybody really want to ride on todays roads without a helmet anyway? really??

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whythedevilnot

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Ride On

Had to think about this one. Freedom of religion is fundamental to our society. He has strongly held religious beliefs that without the exemption would prevent him from riding. NO ONE should be discouraged from riding if at all possible. Well, actually, I know a few people who should be discouraged from riding, but that has nothing to do with religion. They just make us all look bad. I mean, not for religious reasons. Obviously freedom of religion needs to apply in such a way has to not cause harm to others. 'Who's he hurting anyway?' Well, obviously himself, more so, in the event of a spill. I'm guessing that won't have escaped his attention. As a motorcyclist, I'm never far from the next person desperate to inform me about how 'dangerous' riding is. Then there's my pocket. In the past I've figured that helmet laws also protect me, as a tax payer, from paying certain medical bills for people who would otherwise go lidless and crack their skulls open. Why should I have to pay for treating someone who doesn't even wear a helmet when they ride. Surely that's wrong? But then I think, it's summer. Every other person I see riding round town is an expensive skin graft waiting to happen as the only bit of safety gear they are in fact wearing is that helmet. The law happily lets people ride around in t-shirt and sandals because it's hot so it certainly must let a rider wear a turban because he has strongly held religious beliefs. No, I just can't see a credible reason why he should be prevented by the law from riding. Saying that, I wouldn't ride without a helmet, or gloves, boots and armoured suit.

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Cyclonite

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Cyclonite says:

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It's against my religious beliefs to treat people differently depending on their religion or ethnicity. Does that mean I get all the perks of all these religion specific laws?

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Cyclonite

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Cyclonite says:

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It's against my religious beliefs to treat people differently depending on their religion or ethnicity. Does that mean I get all the perks of all these religion specific laws?

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Ridefree

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Ridefree says:

Sikhs are exempt from the helmet law.

Anyone can become a Sikh.

Choice is yours.

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