Women Finally Allowed to Drive in Saudi Arabia

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Saudi Arabia has finally granted women in the country the right to drive.

A royal decree signed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz has ended a policy that has been widely criticized worldwide as a human rights violation. Until now, Saudi Arabia has been the only country in the world that didn’t allow women to drive and it has received a lot of criticism for detaining women who broke the law by getting behind the wheel. The order is effective immediately, although the rollout could take months, said the Saudi Press Agency.

The decree said women can drive “in accordance with the Islamic laws.”

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Late last year, a member of the Saudi royal family began making a push to make it legal for women to drive in the country. At the time, it was a small step in hopes of breaking the outdated rule and it appears to have helped make an impact.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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