On December 17, 2017 the Arab News published this story with information about women driving. The graphic showing the economic benefits is very powerful, and I agree with the assessment that on an economic basis alone, the change in the law makes good sense. It will encourage families to start small businesses and also to circulate money inside the kingdom rather than sending it abroad. A link to the story is here and the story is pasted in below.
JEDDAH: The General Department of Traffic (GDT) and commanders of road
security forces have prepared everything needed to enable the GDT to
perform its duties when women start to drive in the Kingdom.
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) published answers offered by the GDT to
many questions regarding procedures and regulations relating to
implementation of the decision allowing women to drive.
Valid driving licenses obtained from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
can be replaced by corresponding Saudi licenses, the GDT said.
Holders of valid and recognized international licenses will be exempt
from a driving test. Foreign women visiting Saudi Arabia can use their
recognized licenses for one year in the Kingdom as long as they remain
The minimum age for receiving driving licenses for private cars or
motorcycles is 18 years, while the minimum age for receiving licenses
for public transport and public work vehicles is 20 years, the GDT said.
Seventeen-year-olds can get provisional licenses for one year only.
Women can work as civilian personnel at road security checkpoints and
security control jobs, the GDT said, adding that this is not a new
development because women have previously been employed at checkpoints
at entrances to Makkah during Hajj.
The task of women working at security checkpoints and patrol centers
will mainly deal with violators and road users as requested — such as
checking IDs, inspections and arrests — with the possibility of being
transferred in the future to the uniformed police force after undergoing
Regarding traffic violations or accidents involving female drivers, the
GDT said there is coordination between the ministries of interior and
labor and social development to use women care centers as detention
centers if necessary.
Recruiting foreign women to work as drivers is subject to the
regulations of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, the GDT
There will be no discrimination between male and female drivers, the
department said. Women will be allowed to drive trucks and ride
motorcycles as long as they meet the stated requirements.
They will not be prevented from driving outside cities and towns, and
cars owned by women will not be issued special license plates or special