Saudi Arabia starts issuing driving licences to women

Saudi Arabia has began issuing its first driving licences to women in decades. The move comes as Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive, prepares to lift its decades-long ban on female drivers on June 24th.

Report said authorities started swapping international licences for Saudi ones in multiple locations across the kingdom, with women applicants made to undergo a “practical test”. It did not specify the number of licences issued. The move is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s far-reaching liberalization drive as he seeks to modernize the conservative petro-state.