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Saudi grants licences for family taxi cabs driven by women

Passengers must include 'mature Saudi woman', said Public Transport Authority

Saudi grants licences for family taxi cabs driven by women

Licences have been granted for Saudi family taxi cabs that will be driven solely by women drivers.

The Public Transport Authority has issued comprehensive regulations along with the licenses.

It said women drivers cannot take passengers if there is no mature Saudi woman among them, while passengers will be limited to men and children of various age groups.

Men and young male children are prohibited from using the front seats.

The authority said the drivers should be highly trained, holders of a general license and be in possession of a clean conduct sheet.

It added that drivers should not smoke while behind the wheel and should not roam the streets looking from passengers.

Saudi’s decades-long ban on women driving was lifted on June 25, as part of the sweeping economic reform programme pushed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Three million women are expected to drive by 2020.

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