Germany enforces burqa ban on motoristsSeptember 25, 2017
Berlin (IINA) – A new traffic law in Germany, under which a motorist is wearing a burqa while driving invites a fine of 60 euros, has sparked a row.
The German parliament’s upper house, the Bundesrat, contends it has introduced the law to ‘ensure a driver’s identity can be determined’ if they are found speeding.
Although the law allows some religious head coverings such as headscarves worn by Muslim women, critics have said the move is symbolic, Khaleej Times newspaper reported.
If a motorist is found driving with a facial covering, including carnival masks and face-obscuring hoods, the driver will be fined 60 euros.
Nurhan Soykan, of Germany’s Central Council of Muslims, was quoted by Metro British Newspaper as telling Deutsche Welle: “Proof of this is the fact that laws are being passed in areas that don’t need to be regulated.”
“We know of no case in which a burqa or niqab wearer caused an accident that can be linked to wearing a full-body veil.”
The transportation ministry refused to say whether the legislation essentially meant a ‘burqa ban’ but pointed out: “The rule of law requires that only drivers can be held accountable. That presumes that they can be identified.”
Earlier, the German parliament had backed a draft law banning women working in the civil service, judiciary, and military from wearing a full-face veil.
In February, Bavaria introduced a ban on the full-face veil in schools, universities, polling stations and government offices.
Apart from the new facial ban, the new traffic law also imposes fines on drivers who are caught busy on their mobile phones, rather than concentrating on the road.
Source: International Islamic News Agency