Saudi women urged to be wary of unau­tho­rized driv­ing in­struc­tors

Arab News - - SAUDI ARABIA - ARAB NEWS

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)

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