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Saudi Arabia starts issuing driving licenses to women


Saudi authorities started yesterday issuing driving licenses to women three weeks before they are granted the right to drive, ( The state-owned Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said the General Traffic Department has started replacing international driving licenses recognized in the Kingdom with Saudi licenses prior to the projected date of June 24th, adding that a first cohort of women have already received their permits. The delivery of Saudi driving licenses has taken place in several cities and their release was made possible after verifying the validity of the (international) licenses and assessing the ability of applicants who wish to trade them through undergoing brief driving tests, SPA reported. Similarly, the information ministry’s Center for International Communication (CIC) said in statement that 10 women were issued driving licenses, anticipating an additional 2,000 women to receive similar licenses next week. (Al Mustaqbal, June 5, 2018)

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