Will women be exempt from some traffic penalties in Saudi Arabia?

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Informed sources have said that parties involved in developing executive regulations on regulatory requirements for women driving in Saudi Arabia are looking into a suggestion which exempts women from some traffic violation penalties.

The sources said that some of the penalties in place are not suitable for women.

Some of these sanctions include questioning the driver of a vehicle asked to stop or in some cases detaining the vehicle.

According to Al-Watan’s newspaper on Tuesday, the sources said that the proposal in question would recommend simply paying a penalty without the need to be stopped or to detain a woman’s vehicle.

The sources also said that the proposal was presented in accordance with societal customs and traditions. Customs that aim to facilitate things for women and help them overcome any obstacles that might stand between them and learning to drive.

Similarly, the source said that in a press conference that will be held next week, details on this matter will be clearer.

At the conference, the date which signifies when women will be able to start learning to drive in different parts of the country will be announced, the sources added.

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