Some royal support for women drivers in Saudi Arabia
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
In the ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia, women aren't allowed to drive. While there's no official law that bans women from getting behind the wheel, it's a de facto rule since the women simply aren't issued the local licences that citizens require to legally drive in the country.
There have been some significant steps made recently that hopefully mean change might be coming. According to a story in Reuters, Prince AlWaleed bin Talal, a billionaire and nephew of King Abdullah, has thrown his support behind legalizing women driving. For him, it makes economic sense because there are at least a half-million foreign drivers who are paid to drive them around, which would in turn both keep more money in the country and leave more money in hands of families.
Saudi women have responded to unrest before when the "Women 2 Drive" movement started in 2011 by posting videos and pictures of them behind the wheel. It sent a loud message to the ruling monarchy that the country would have to come around sooner rather than later. However, several women were detained and questioned while another two faced serious charges.