Saudi: 70,000 driving licences issued to women since ban lift

Saudi Arabia issued a total of 70,000 driving licences to women since the kingdom lifted the ban on June 24 last year, according to Director General of Traffic Maj. Gen. Mohammed Al-Bassami.

Women in Saudi Arabia proved to be good drivers and traffic violations by them so far have not threatened public safety, he said.

Bassami was speaking at a ceremony in Buraidah after a school to teach women driving was opened at Al-Qassim University.

Emir of Qassim Prince Faisal Bin Mishaal on Monday officially launched the school, which was built on an area of 55,000 square meters. The school has 40 Saudi women instructors.

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The school was the first of its kind in the region and the seventh Kingdomwide. The prince handed the instructors keys to their cars.

“The ratio of Saudization in the school is 100%. I am proud to be among Saudi men and women who worked day and night to make this achievement possible,” he said.

Bassam, who also visited the center for electronic monitoring of traffic violations, said the center received about 220 objections to traffic tickets issued during the past one week. He revealed that 75 objections were settled and 126 motorists accepted the punishments handed down to them.

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Meanwhile, Bassami said contracts were signed for the establishment of driving schools in Taif, the Eastern Province, Al-Jouf and the Northern Border Province.

“We have 65 schools all over the Kingdom to teach men and women driving,” he said.

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