How to deal with international driving licenses for women in Saudi Arabia

File photo of a Saudi woman getting in the back seat of her car in Jeddah. Some 70 percent of women in Saudi Arabia are likely to drive once they are allowed to take the wheel in June this year. (Reuters)

The General Directorate of Traffic in Saudi Arabia has explained that work was under way to equip centers for the replacement of internationally recognized women’s driving licenses.

The official account of the directorate on Twitter, said in response to a question from a Saudi woman, that the announcement of the locations for the replacement of international licenses of women, will take place before the scheduled date to apply the decision to allow women to drive the car in sufficient time.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman had issued a historic royal decree granting driving licenses for women in the kingdom as of June this year.

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The royal decree also ordered the establishment of a high-level committee of involving the ministries of internal affairs, finance, labor and social development. They will be tasked with studying the arrangements of the decree and to ensure the full implementation of the order by June 2018.

Some 70 percent of women in Saudi Arabia are likely to drive once they are allowed to take the wheel, according to a study.

The recent study by Ipsos showed that the most prominent methods of transportation for women in the Kingdom are either to be driven by a male member of the family or through the use of ride-hailing apps.

At least one in five households also have a hired household driver.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56
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