The Arab News is reporting that every woman who would like a driver's license has to take a driving course. Apparently it was believed that some experienced drivers would be able to get their licenses right away. This is from the Nov 13, 2017 Arab News. A link to the story is here, and the text is pasted below.
director general of Traffic Department, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Abdullah
Al-Bassami, announced the cancelation of the immediate test for a
driving license, and said that those who wish to obtain licenses must
attend training courses.
“Those who wish to obtain a new driving license and are not good at
driving should attend a 90-hour training course, while those who are
good at driving should attend a 30-hour training course,” Al-Bassami
said in a press statement to Saudi Press Agency on Monday.
Additionally, 120-hour training courses will be available.
(note from blogger: when I post a story like this, I think back to all
the years I've been posting stories on the issue of women driving. In
those days I could only dream of a news story like this!)