As the weeks pass and the time approaches for Saudi and other women living in Saudi Arabia to begin driving legally, word has come out that women will be able to drive trucks and motorcycles too. Non-Saudi women with international drivers licenses will be able to take to the wheel for up to a year from the date the new law goes into effect in June, 2018.
A link to a December 17, 2017 story from the Saudi Gazette is here and the text is pasted in below. Note: rural women in Saudi Arabia have driven trucks and cars for years, where there families and local communities long supported it.
JEDDAH — Women will be allowed to drive trucks as
long as they comply with traffic regulations, the General Directorate of
Traffic announced on Friday.
Women will also get licenses to
ride motorcycles as per a Royal decree announced in September, which
comes into effect in June 2018.
The General Directorate of
Traffic stated that women with international driving licenses will be
allowed to drive in the Kingdom without the need to go to local driving
Women with licenses from Gulf countries can convert these to Saudi licenses.
visiting the Kingdom with international driving licenses will also be
able to drive for one year before needing to apply for a Saudi license.
an international driving license expires in less than a year from the
date a Saudi woman arrives in the Kingdom, she will need a Saudi driving
license before the expiry of her international license.
General Directorate of Traffic said it complies with strict
anti-harassment laws that will not tolerate any harassment of female
Women will be employed at different traffic checkpoints.
The General Directorate of Traffic will also recruit women field
The directorate has also cooperated with the Ministry
of Labor and Social Development to make arrangements for women who
violate traffic laws to be detained at women care centers.
There will be no discrimination between men and women when it comes to implementing traffic laws and regulations.
to drive vehicles in private and secured areas are granted at the age
of 18 and licenses to drive in public areas and to operate public
service vehicles are granted at the age of 20.
In a historic
decision, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Sept. 26,
2017, issued orders to grant driving licenses to women in the Kingdom.
The Royal order will come into force on June 24, 2018.
King directed Minister of Interior Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Saud Bin Naif
to constitute a high-level ministerial committee to carry out studies
about the necessary arrangements to implement the Royal decree.
The committee will comprise representatives of the ministries of interior, finance and labor and social development.