Saudi Arabia declares the launch of Family Taxis with Female Drivers


Riyadh – The much awaited decision of allowing female drivers to run family taxis in Saudi Arabia, has been made on Wednesday by the Public Transport Authority (PTA) of Saudi Arabia.

Special licenses are provided to the female drivers under the condition that no male or young male child are allowed to occupy the seat next to the driver, however they are permitted to carry male passenger in the backseat.

The family taxis should not be older than five years and the transport company should at least have 10 family taxis to operate in a city, and the licenses cannot be registered individually rather under transport companies.

The taxis should have screens displaying all relevant details including driver’s name, company’s name and plate number. Electronic payment system and GPS navigation system are also mandatory features in the taxis.

As a part of vision-2030, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman lifted the female driving ban in June and has allowed women to work with dignity in all major industrial sectors.

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