Saudi Arabia to lift driving ban on women June 24th

Saudi women will be allowed to start driving in the kingdom from June 24th, AFP reported Tuesday (May 8th).

"All the requirements for women in the kingdom to start driving have been established," General Department of Traffic director general Mohammed al-Bassami said, in a statement released by the government.

In September 2017, a royal decree announced the end of a decades-long ban on women driving.

Women 18 years of age and older will be allowed to apply for a driver's license, al-Bassami said.

Driving schools for women have been set up across five cities in the kingdom, and teachers will include Saudi women who obtained their licenses abroad.

Women with foreign driving licenses will be able to apply for a local one through a separate process, which also will assess their driving skills.

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