Religious exemption for California motorcycle helmet law? Fresno lawmaker proposes bill

February 17, 2024

Turban-wearing Sikh motorcyclists would be free to ride helmet-free in California if Assembly Bill 2392, proposed by Fresno Assembly member Esmeralda Soria, becomes law this year. California’s helmet law for motorcyclists was passed in the 1990s as a public safety issue, but for former Fresno City Councilmember Soria the measure violates the right to religious freedom for Sikhs. “AB 2392 ensures we safeguard our Sikh community’s right to practice their religious expression freely, while also protecting their and other motorcyclists’ safety on California’s roads” Soria said. Currently, only Iowa, Illinois and New Hampshire have no form of helmet law in the United States. California bill would allow Sikhs to ride motorcycles without a helmet