Saudi women urged to be wary of unauthorized driving instructors
JEDDAH: The spokesman for the General Directorate of Traffic, Col. Tariq Al-Rubaian, warned Saudi women to be aware of some people who may exploit them under the guise of teaching them how to drive or advertising female driving instructors.
Al-Rubaian stressed in a phone call on Monday with the Rotana “Hala” TV show that “women should not be in a hurry to learn how to drive through unauthorized offices. Authorized offices will be announced soon.”
He added that many unauthorized offices were recently training women how to drive, including some in the Eastern Province, and warned that these offices would be penalized and exposed to the media, according to Sabq electronic newspaper. He further noted that establishing authorized driving schools for women would not take more than a month once the ministerial committee finalizes the necessary regulations.
Furthermore, Al-Rubaian said that tests for drivers’ licenses for women would consist of two stages: Theoretical and practical.
He stressed that the traffic department would not hesitate to penalize any person or company offering to train women to drive without the proper authorization.
A Saudi woman is photographed as she checks a car at a showroom in Riyadh. (Reuters)