If you’re a woman in Saudi Arabia, chances of traveling driving your own car was next to impossible.
Yesterday, King Salman issued a decree that would allow women to be issued a driver’s license and drive her own car in the country. The decree was published by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
Royal Decree to Adopt Provisions of Traffic Law, Executive regulations, including Issuance of Driving Licenses for Males, Females, alike.
— SPAENG (@Spa_Eng) September 26, 2017
In the decree, “We refer to the negative consequences of not allowing women to drive vehicles and the positive aspects of allowing it to do so, taking into consideration the application of the necessary legal controls and adherence to them.”
This is a historic moment for Saudi Arabia, since the driving ban for women have been in place for 27 years, it was a result of a religious fatwa issued in 1990, which forbid women from driving inside the Kingdom. Being granted a driver’s license is also illegal for women.
The decree mandates the formation of a committee that will study, create new policy and the full implementation of the decree June 2018.
Last modified: September 27, 2017