Sunday, October 27, 2013

Important instructions to be followed if a woman is caught driving: General Department of Traffic

A reader sent the English language daily Saudi Gazette posted this instruction sheet on what to do if a traffic officer comes upon a female driver. A link to the story is here, and the text is below.

Last updated: Sunday, October 27, 2013 8:38 AM

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  Ministry of Interior/Public Security General Department of Traffic Jeddah Traffic


Important instructions to be followed if a woman is caught driving:

1. If you see a woman driving, ask her to pull over in a place away from main streets and congested areas. Handle the situation as per the plan.

2. As per Article (71) of traffic regulations, a fine should be given to any woman who is caught driving as well as to the car owner who allowed her to use his automobile.

3. She and her male guardian must sign an undertaking. The “girl” and her car should be handed over to the “father”.

4. If there is no ‘mahram’ in the car or if he is late in showing up at the site after he has been summoned, she with her car should be taken to the nearest police station in company of a female prison officer.

5. No pursuit of her if she flees with her car. Taking the vehicle’s plate number is enough.

6. The female driver, who has been caught before in similar cases, should be referred to the Emir’s office while the vehicle should be impounded.

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