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Saudi will allow women to drive trucks and bikes

The law on driving will be “equal” for men and women, the Saudi General Directorate of Traffic said, adding that there would be no special licence plate numbers for cars driven by women.

Special centres, established and run by women, will deal with any woman who commits a traffic violation or is involved in an accident.

Women have come to depend on taxis and ride hailing services like Uber
Image:Women have come to depend on taxis

The decision to allow women to drive in the country was announced in September by King Salman.

Saudi will allow women to drive trucks and bikes
Saudi will allow women to drive trucks and bikes

It is part of a programme of reform in the conservative kingdom, which had long been the only state in the world where women were prohibited from driving.

Its unique ban on women drivers has been resisted by female activists for decades, some of whom were jailed for getting behind the wheel.

Other restrictions on women include the country’s guardianship system, under which a male family member must grant permission for a woman to study, travel or pursue other activities.

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia announced it was also going to lift a ban on cinemas from next year – meaning people will be allowed to legally watch films for the first time in more than three decades.

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