Saudi Arabia, June 4: Saudi Arabia on Monday started issuing driving licences to women. The development has come months after the country lifted the decades-long ban on women driving.
“The general directorate of traffic today started replacing international driving licences recognised in the kingdom with Saudi licences, in preparation for allowing women to drive from June 24,” the official Saudi Press Agency said.
A video, which has been circulated on social media, shows a woman, who already has an international driving license, being given her Saudi Arabia driving licence by the officials.
On May 8, General Department of Traffic Director General Mohammed Al-Bassami announced that the Saudi women would now be allowed to drive in the kingdom from June 24.
“All the requirements for women in the kingdom to start driving have been established,” Al-Bassami had said. Women over 18 years of age will be allowed to drive in the kingdom, he said.
Since then, five Saudi universities — Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh, King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Tabuk University, Taif University and Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University — have begun driving schools for women.