Saudi Women Can Obtain Taxi License

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced that women are now allowed to hold taxi driving licenses for the first time in history, where the Kingdom ended a decades-old ban on women’s driving and public participation.

The Saudi General Directorate of Traffic in a statement said that women will now be allowed to drive taxis and become taxi drivers.

Eighteen driving schools will offer driving license courses and examinations for women at a cost of 20 Saudi riyals ($53) in Riyadh, Jeddah, Jazan, Asir, Najran, Jouf, Hail and Taif, the statement added.

“Women can apply for a general taxi license at any of the 18 driving schools in cities across the Kingdom,” the statement added.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, on September 27, 2017, announced that he would allow women to drive but the permit came into effect on June 24, 2019.

For the first time in the history of the Kingdom, women under 18 years old received their driving license.

Recently women were also allowed to enter into playgroups and stadiums, and also pursue occupations that were previously accessible only to men.


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