The German parliament’s upper house, the Bundesrat, passed new rules to prevent drivers from covering their faces to avoid speeding tickets in a move that some claim unfairly targets female Muslim drivers.
Anyone caught partially or fully covering their face while driving will receive a fine of €60 ($72).
Although the law explicitly allows for religious headscarves to be worn, the move has been interpreted as symbolic discrimination by some.
“Proof of this is the fact that laws are being passed in areas that don’t need to [be] regulated,” said Deputy Council Chairman Nurhan Soykan, according to the magazine Focus. “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.”
In February, the state of Bavaria proposed banning burqas in schools, universities, polling stations, and government offices.
Similar measures across Europe have sparked outrage in recent months.