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Exemption from wearing a helmet

Possible exemption from wearing a motorcycle helmet

You must wear a motorcycle helmet if you're travelling on a:

  • motorcycle
  • moped
  • all-terrain vehicle (ATV)
  • motorcycle sidecar.

However, you don't have to wear a helmet if you're on a motorcycle, moped or ATV and:

  • you're travelling from one part of a farm to another on the same farm, or an adjoining farm owned or occupied by the same person, and you're only travelling up to 30km/h, or
  • you can prove you are a member of the Sikh religion, and you're only travelling at up to 50km/h.

You don't have to wear a helmet if you're on an ATV and:

  • it is fitted with a roll bar, and
  • you're occupying a seat fitted with a seat belt, which is correctly fastened.

Possible exemption from wearing a bicycle helmet

You must wear a bike helmet if you're:

  • riding a bicycle
  • being carried as a passenger, or
  • being towed in a trailer by a bicycle.

You might be able to get an exemption due to:

  • religious beliefs
  • physical disability, or 
  • medical conditions or other such reasonable grounds.

Apply online

If you've read all the information above, and you still want to apply for an exemption from wearing a helmet, you can apply for an exemption online: 

Apply for an exemption from wearing a helmet