Sikh Truck Drivers Fight Hardhat Rule

August 25, 2005

Source: CBC News

On August 25, 2005 CBC News reported, "Sikh truck drivers will file a human rights complaint Thursday against a rule that requires them to wear hardhats instead of turbans. They are fighting a requirement that prevents them from driving into CP Rail's two Toronto terminals without protective headwear. CP Rail said it is enforcing the hardhat rule because of safety concerns. Major Singh, one of 500 drivers challenging the rule, has worked at the rail terminals for seven years. 'There have been no incidents of drivers being injured,' he said. CP Rail suggested the men could remove one of the two parts of their six-metre long turbans. That would allow them to wear a hardhat. The drivers rejected that proposal and will pursue their complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission."