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Special centers to hold arrested female drivers in Saudi Arabia

The Labor ministry has been coordinating with the Interior Ministry about cases that would entail detention.

image used for illustrative purpose. A woman drives a car in Saudi Arabia October 22, 2013.

image used for illustrative purpose. A woman drives a car in Saudi Arabia October 22, 2013.

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RIYADH: Special women’s detention centers will be set up to hold anyone arrested after the ban on driving is lifted.

Labor and Social Development Ministry spokesman Khaled Aba Al-Khail told Al-Watan daily on Thursday that the ministry has been coordinating with the Interior Ministry about cases that would entail detention.

Sources told Al-Watan that universities had signed agreements with the General Directorate of Traffic Police to open driving schools within their campuses to train women wishing to learn to drive. Arrangements are underway to prepare these schools by the end of February 2018.

Sources from Noura University said that trainers’ positions would be for Saudi women who hold international driving licenses.

These women would undertake a training course to improve their expertise and familiarize themselves with the basics of safe driving.

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The sources added that the driving schools would target not just university staff, but interested women from outside the university.

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