http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=77&ContentID=149566 I saw this on the news tonight. Code: An Indian man who says he was denied the opportunity to get his motorcycle licence because his religious beliefs dictate he cannot remove his turban has taken his case to the Equal Opportunity Commission. Mandeep Singh, who is a Sikh, said he paid a fee at the Department of Planning and Infrastructure in City West late last week to take his motorcycle test but was told he had to remove his turban and wear a helmet. Mr Singh, a security officer, said yesterday that a Sikh was forbidden to wear a cap or helmet and his religious obligation dictated that he could not remove his turban. Sikhism is a religion that believes in one god and advocates the pursuit of salvation through disciplined, personal meditation. Many Sikhs do not cut their hair from birth until death. The State Government Office of Multicultural Interests says on its website Sikhs do not wear a helmet over the turban because it interferes with the â€œcrown of spiritualityâ€ and this should never be suggested. â€œThey apply for, and are routinely given, permission to avoid wearing a helmet from the WA Police Service,â€ the website says. â€œThe head or turban is sacred. A Sikhâ€™s head or turban should never be touched or insulted in any way.â€ Mr Singh, 21, said he was told the DPI previously exempted people from wearing helmets but it was now mandatory. â€œI said it is my religious obligation . . . it is my right,â€ he said. â€œHe told me that itâ€™s law now in WA and there are no exemptions. Ever since I have been in Australia, no one has ever asked me to take off my turban.â€ Mr Singh, who came to Perth as a student in 2006 from Kashmir, said he had asked the Equal Opportunity Commission to look at his case. â€œThey said they are happy to take my case,â€ he said. â€œThey will do whatever they can . . . it hasnâ€™t happened before, they told me, itâ€™s a very different case.â€ Equal Opportunity Commissioner Yvonne Henderson could not comment on Mr Singhâ€™s case, but said tribunals had found turbans were an intrinsic expression of religion and it was a form of religious discrimination to prevent people from wearing them. Ms Henderson said there was a health and safety provision in the Equal Opportunity Act that could override a personâ€™s right not to be discriminated against. A DPI spokeswoman said the department would be seeking further advice on current laws for people seeking exemptions for wearing a helmet. He said that he was allowed to ride in India with just his turban on. ...My comment. We go ride there then.