Special facility for Saudi women driver offenders

A nine-month grace period was given to allow logistics, including driving schools, be put in place

Manama: Women drivers who commit traffic violations that warrant physical detention will be kept at the Girls Care Organisation, the Saudi cabinet has decided.


The measure was said to be temporary until appropriate locales are completed, the cabinet said at the end of its weekly session late on Tuesday.

The question about where to detain women if they cause dangerous accidents was raised just three weeks ahead of the lift on the women driving ban.

In September, King Salman issued royal orders to grant eligible women driving licences and to allow them to drive starting June 24.

A nine-month grace period was given to allow logistics, including driving schools, be put in place.

The decision is part of an ambitious reform drive launched by Crown Prince Salman to overhaul society and empower women economically, politically and socially.

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