Sikh motorcyclists from rural New South Wales lobby for helmet exemption

New South Wales' turban-wearing Sikhs, from the mid-north coast are lobbying to get an exemption from wearing helme...

The law in New South Wales requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet, which makes it difficult for Sikhs who wear turbans to ride a bike in accordance with the law.

Woolgoolga is home to a large Sikh community that adds to the diversity of Australia.

A group of more than fifteen Sikh farmers who are based in the area are now lobbying to get an exemption from wearing helmets while riding motorcycles.

Ajit Nurpuri is one of a group of Sikh men in Woolgoolga campaigning to have motorbike helmet laws changed.

Nurpuri told SBS Punjabi that being members of the Sikh community they find it difficult to wear helmets over the turban.

“We are law abiding citizens. We fully understand the safety concern. But our demand is to have an exemption at least in the close vicinity to our farms,” says Mr Nurpuri. 

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