Aussie Sikhs and Muslims no longer have to wear a helmet on bikes - while other riders still face fines of up to $344 for cycling without one

Police in Canberra will no longer issue fines to riders who wear a headdress for religious reasons caught riding without...

  • Sikh and Muslim riders exempt from wearing helmet in ACT on religious grounds
  • Other cyclists will still be fined if caught not wearing a helmet in nation's capital
  • NSW now the only state without exemption for helmet laws on religious grounds

Police in Canberra will no longer issue fines to riders who wear a headdress for religious reasons caught riding without a helmet.

The new road safety regulations, which quietly came into effect in December, won't apply to other riders who will still be fined if they're caught riding a bike or personal mobility device without a helmet in the nation's capital. 

ACT roads minister Shane Rattenbury spruiked the new laws as particularly important to Sikhs, whose headwear makes it difficult to wear a helmet while cycling...

...Sikhs are exempt from wearing helmets while riding in South Australia, while other religious groups who wear headdresses are also exempt in Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria. 

New South Wales is now the only state without an exemption to its helmet laws, despite repeated lobbying attempts from impacted religious groups.

NSW cyclists caught riding not wearing a helmet cop a hefty $344 fine, while in Victoria, it's $207.

In South Australia, the fine is $153, $126 in Queensland and $119.25 is Tasmania.

The lowest fine is $25 in the Northern Territory, where helmets aren't compulsory for cyclists aged 17 and over. 

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