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Saudi women will also be allowed to drive motorcycles

A Saudi women featured in new Coca-Cola ad about women driving. (Photo courtesy: social media)
RIYADH: Saudi Arabian women will be able to drive trucks and motorcycles, officials have said three months after the kingdom announced a historic decision to end a ban on women driving.
In September, King Salman issued a decree saying women will be able to drive from next June as part of an ambitious reform push in the conservative kingdom.
The Saudi General Directorate of Traffic gave details of the new regulations that will follow the lifting of the ban on the official Saudi Press Agency late on Friday.
“Yes, we will authorize women to drive motorcycles” as well as trucks, it said, adding that the royal decree stipulates that the law on driving will be “equal” for both men and women.
There will be no special license plate numbers for female-driven cars, it said.
But women involved in road accidents or who commit traffic violations will be dealt with at special centers that will be established and run by women.
Saudi Arabia’s historic decision to allow women to drive from next June has been cheered inside the kingdom and abroad.

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