Lifting on Ban on Women Drivers in Saudi Arabia
We all know that On 26 September 2017, King Salman issued a statement recognizing the right of Saudi women to drive in keeping with Sharia. Licenses were set to be issued to women starting on 24 June 2018.
The ban was lifted under a Royal Decision in the year 2017 and was announced that the women will start getting their car licenses from June 24, 2018, onwards. Many women said they will also apply for their licenses and the Saudi authorities actually issued thousands of licenses to women subsequent to the lifting of the Saudi ban.
Good News for Saudi expats women to get recruited as Driver!
Since Saudi Arabia has started issuing the driving license to the women, therefore, Saudi women have preferred more to recruit foreign women drivers (Saudi expats) for several good reasons.
This initiative has provided great comfort to the Saudi families and they have actually hired many foreign women drivers like their car drivers. Read more: Saudi Women Drivers to Start Driving Family Taxis
According to the report, almost 459 foreign women drivers have been hired in 2019
Although Saudi women can now drive the car without any restriction still they prefer to recruit the Saudi expat women drivers to work for them.
One of the reasons for their recruitment is that the Saudi women are still in the process of learning the driving and secondly for sure, it will take quite a good time to be well versed with the road sense and the traffic rules and getting proficient.
Based on the recently published report by the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat), quite a good number of Saudi families have actually recruited the foreign women drivers (Saudi expats) as their car driver up till the end of the first quarter March 31, 2019. Read more: List of Traffic Violations in Saudi Arabia for 2019
The foreign home drivers have increased in 2019 by 12.8% as compared to the year 2018
According to the report, by the end of March 2019, there were 1.54 million foreign home drivers compared to 1.36 million in 2018 with a rise of 12.8 percent.
Reasons for the Increasing trend in Recruiting the foreign homer drivers
There are several reasons that can be quoted for the increase in the recruitment of the foreign women home drivers, we have enlisted below some of them for our frequent website readers for their ease of understanding:
- Lack of Harassment & Ill-treatment to the Saudi children in case of Men Drivers
Instructors at women schools to teach driving to believe that some Saudi families prefer women drivers over men out of fear that male drivers may harass and ill-treat their children. Read more: Saudi police arrested a man on charges of sexual harassment
- Women Drivers can perform Multitasking
It is viewed also that the Saudi families go for recruiting women drivers because they can do more than one job such as doing grocery, cleaning the house and ironing clothes.
- No Guarantee that the Saudi women getting a license will also drop her children to school every day
The instructors at women schools said even when a Saudi woman obtains a driving license, this is not a guarantee that she will drive her children to the school.
It is reported that many Saudi families are asking for Housemaids who can drive as well
Some local recruitment offices said many Saudi families were asking for housemaids with driving licenses so that they can do home chores and at the same time drive their children to schools. Read more: Saudi Woman’s Car Set on Fire in Makkah By Young Men Who Harassed Her
They said this is not possible because the housemaids are recruited only to perform home chores not to drive cars.
Source: Saudi Gazette