Sunday, July 07, 2019

German Court Says Sikhs Not Exempt From Motorcycle Helmet Law

DW reports that Germany's Federal Administrative Court has ruled that religious freedom objections are not sufficient to exempt Sikhs from Germany's law requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets. According to DW:
The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig rejected a Sikh man's appeal, who had argued that the helmet would not fit over his turban.
"People wearing a turban on religious grounds are not for that reason alone exempt from the obligation to wear a helmet," the presiding judge, Renate Philipp, said, adding that the claimant has to accept this restriction to his freedom of religion, as it serves to uphold the rights of others, too....
The Leipzig court argued that the obligation to wear a helmet not only protects the driver but also keeps other drivers from being traumatized if they cause heavy injury to someone driving without a helmet.
The court also said a driver wearing a helmet would be better placed to help others in case of an accident.