Less than four years after gaining the right to drive, Saudi women now have the option of becoming taxi drivers.
According to Arab News, the Saudi Directorate of Traffic confirmed the news on Twitter under the handle @eMoroor. Women could apply for a “generic taxi license” at any of the Kingdom’s 18 driving schools, including Riyadh, Jeddah, Jazan, Asir, Najran, Jouf, Hail and Taif, according to the announcement.
The fee to apply for a license is 200 SR ($ 53), according to the agency.
Latifah Al-Shalhoub, an artist, told Arab News that she agreed with the announcement.
âAs a woman, I’ve always had a problem with this topic. I never felt comfortable getting into a cab on my own with a male driver. At least with Uber and Careem you get information. on the driver before getting on, âshe said. noted.
âMost of the taxi drivers in the world are men, but you see women driving in some countries. It is certainly more comfortable to ride with a woman than a man. “
Since being granted the freedom to drive in 2018, Saudi women have been able to work in a variety of transportation-related professions, including driving trains, piloting planes and even racing vehicles. Following the verdict, women were also allowed to work as drivers for ridesharing apps like Uber and Careem.