Saudi National Committee for Driving ready for women to take the wheel
Link to the story in al-Arabiya.net by Nadia Fawaz is here. Text below.
Nadia Fawaz, Al Arabiya.netFriday, 27 April 2018
In what’s considered a major step towards Saudi Women sitting
behind the wheel in two months’ time, the head of the National Committee
for Driving, Dr. Makhfour al-Bushr, stated that women will not be a
cause for worry on the roads.
interview with Al Arabiya.net, he emphasized that the road and traffic
authority is ready to deal with any hiccups especially that the decision
for allowing the Saudi women to drive came following a field study.
Meanwhile, many Saudi women are preparing to join driving institutes
while others question why universities are not offering driving lessons
to keen students. Hence, shouldering them with extra fees for private
institutions outside the universities’ campuses.
this regard al-Bushr confirmed that the royal decree allowing Saudi
women to drive, did not limit teaching driving to universities only, but
it simply equaled her with Saudi men’s right for learning to drive and
to be behind the wheel.
for the reason behind the high fees stapled for driving lessons, which
is five times that designated for men, al-Bushr explained that these
fees “are for the investors in these projects, especially that the
universities are renting a public park within its capacity while
investors have to shoulder extra costs.”
explained that the expected percentage of Saudi women drivers won’t
exceed 25 percent and would be similar to that of female drivers in the
Last Update: Friday, 27 April 2018 KSA 16:24 - GMT 13:24