Saudi Arabia starts issuing driving licences to women

Monday marked the beginning of Saudi Arabia issuing driver’s licenses to women in the Kingdom after lifting the decades long ban on female drivers.

“The first group of women today received their Saudi driving licences,” the official Saudi Press Agency said.

“The general directorate of traffic started replacing international driving licences recognised in the kingdom with Saudi licences,” it added.

The ban lift will officially start on June 24.

SPA said authorities started swapping international licenses for Saudi ones in multiple locations around the Kingdom. Women were required to take a “practical test” before receiving their license. However, the number of licenses issued was not specified.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spearheaded these changes to modernise and reshape their country.

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