Majority of women in Saudi Arabia ready to drive from June 2018, poll finds

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Some 70% of women in Saudi Arabia are most likely to drive once they are allowed to take the wheel in June 2018.

A 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.

With a Royal decree allowing women to drive, the Ipsos study showed that many changes will take place impacting households, both genders, the economy, automotive brands, and many more.

The majority of Saudis (63%) were pleased with the decree. They believe that lifting the ban on women driving has a positive impact on modernizing Saudi Arabia and increased independence for them.

But, many also feel there will be negative implications on issues related to traffic and road safety, as well as increased harassment of women on the street.

On the other hand, the majority of women state that they will start driving once the ban is lifted and that they are inclined to buy new cars to accommodate for the increase on the household’s demand on transport needs.

However, males will remain the decision-makers when it comes to car purchases within the household, but women will have a big say.

One in two households which currently have a hired driver expect to stop hiring.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette.

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