Saudi Arabia to lift ban on women drivers

27 September, 2017, 00:10 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
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The scholars see no reason not to allow women to drive as long as there are legal and regulatory guarantees to avoid the pretexts (that those against women driving had in mind), even if they are unlikely to happen.

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The state-run Saudi Press Agency and state TV reported the news late Tuesday evening, saying King Salman decreed that both men and women to be issued drivers' licenses.

Women in Saudi Arabia are to be allowed to drive - ending a law which made the Gulf nation the only country in the world to forbid female drivers.

"But some working Saudi women say that hiring private drivers to get them to and from work eats up much of their pay, diminishing the incentive to work", the report stated.

Numerous kingdom's professionals and young people will welcome the change, viewing it as a step to making life in the country a bit more like life elsewhere. Others argued that allowing women to drive would lead to promiscuity and the collapse of the Saudi family. A committee will be formed to look into how to implement the new order, which is slated to come into effect in June 2018.

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