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Saudi Arabia To Lift Driving Ban On Women






Saudi Arabia to lift driving ban on women June 24

Saudi women will be allowed to start driving in the kingdom from June 24, the General Department of Traffic Director Gen. Mohammad al-Bassami said Tuesday. "All the requirements for women in the kingdom to start driving have been established," Bassami was quoted as saying in a statement released by the government. In September 2017, a royal decree announced the end of a decades-long ban on women driving - the only one of its kind in the world.

Women 18 years of age and older will be allowed to apply for a driver's license, Bassami said. Driving schools for women have been set up across five cities in the conservative kingdom, and teachers will include Saudi women who obtained their licenses abroad. Women with foreign driving licenses will be able to apply for a local one through a separate process, which will also assess their driving skills.

"It is no secret that many women in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hold driving licenses from abroad," the statement added. Saudi women have previously petitioned the government for the lifting of the ban, and even taken to the wheel in protest.
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