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Saudi Women Shell Out SR11.6 Million To Obtain Driving Licenses In Three Countries

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The total number of driving licenses obtained by Saudi women in the UAE, Bahrain and Jordan has reached 7550, costing SR11,627 million, according to a report.

The women got their licenses after attending 22 hours of training courses, and clearing mandatory tests.

Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University (IMSIU) in Riyadh organized the first forum on women’s driving, with female members of the Shoura Council, to discuss the importance of driving for women.

The historic decision to allow women to drive was taken this year.

The spokesman for (IMSIU), Ahmed Al-Rakban, told Al-Watan: “We appreciate what the university has been doing for women who will start driving next year. An agreement has been signed between the university and the General Department of Traffic in this respect, and the director general of traffic visited the university and discussed the issue with many engineering and safety specialists,” Al-Rakban said.

Al-Rakban also noted that driving schools for women were established, and there may be other schools outside universities to enable female students and staff to easily get their driving licenses.

To obtain a driving license in the Kingdom, applicants should:
• Be at least 18 years old for a private license/20 years old for a public license
• Have no drug-related convictions
• Be healthy
• Pass the driving test
• Pay the prescribed fees
• Have legal residence in the Kingdom (for non-Saudis)

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