Saudi Arabian women will also be allowed to drive motorcycle, trucks

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 16, 2017

About two months after Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive, the Kingdoms' General Department of Traffic (GDT) on Friday announced that women will be allowed to drive trucks once the required conditions and guidelines have been met; now in force for men only.

The new rules are due to come into effect on June 24, 2018, which would end a decades-long ban on women driving in the country, the only such ban still existing in the world.

On September 26, King Salman signed a decree which allowed the issuing of driver's licenses to women, appointing a high-level committee comprised of the ministers of interior, finance, labor and development to oversee the process. The decree orders the formation of a ministerial body to give advice on the practicalities of the edict within 30 days and to ensure the full implementation of the order by June 2018.

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world where women are prohibited from receiving a driver's license.

Its historic decision to allow women to drive from next June has been cheered inside the kingdom and overseas - and comes after decades of resistance from female activists, many of whom were jailed for flouting the ban.

However, Saudi Arabia still lags behind the rest of the world in women's rights, being particularly criticized for its strict male guardianship system.

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