The March 13, 2018 Saudi Gazette printed this story. A link to the story on-line is here, and the text is below.
In addition to basic driving lessons, the safe driving training will cover
traffic regulations, safety precautions and road manners.
— The Department of Education in Makkah has started training as many as
770 women security coordinators in all girl schools in the three
educational levels on safe driving.
The department has chosen 22
training programs for the coordinators who in turn will train the women
staff in schools and girls in the third secondary school year.
The training programs will cover training on driving, the traffic laws, safety precautions and road manners.
programs are designed to teach women holding educational and
administrative jobs in the Ministry of Education the best methods of
achieving traffic safety when women start driving in the Kingdom from
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport has invited Saudi
women to its "Safe Driving Environment" forum to test driving
simulations using the ministry's smart transportation system.
ministry has provided an opportunity for women drivers to experience
safe driving in preparation for the implementation of the royal order
lifting the ban on women driving in the country.
account of the ministry invited women via "Twitter" on Saturday to visit
their pavilion to attend the "Safe Environment for Driving" forum,
which is organized at King Saud University for female students using the
ministry's smart system.
The ministry has partnered with King
Saud University to organize the "Safe Environment for Driving" forum for
the first time, which is the largest platform to support women drivers
in the Kingdom yet.
Dr. Inas Al-Issa, vice dean of students
affairs at the university, said the cultural forum was a response to the
royal decree allowing women to drive.
She added it revitalizes
the university’s role in society as it helps to raise awareness and
disseminate the regulations and laws issued by the state’s bodies.
The change in the law on women driving comes into effect in late June.
opens the door to unparalleled mobility and freedom for Saudi women.
Now, they can get to jobs more easily without relying on anyone for
transportation. This is especially important in areas without easily
accessible public transport.
As of last year, the unemployment
rate in Saudi Arabia was 12.7 percent, which meant 906,552 people were
without jobs. About 75 percent of that number were women, which
hopefully will drop drastically, with more women becoming mobile.