A Saudi woman leaves a car during a driving training at a university in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia March 7, 2018. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
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Saudi Arabia Monday began issuing its first driving licenses to women in decades, state media reported.The move comes as Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world where women are not allowed drive, prepares to lift its decades-long ban on female drivers on June 24 . SPA said authorities started swapping international licenses for Saudi ones in multiple locations across the kingdom, with women applicants made to undergo a "practical test". The General Department of Traffic Director Gen. Mohammad al-Bassami said last month that women 18 years of age and older will be allowed to apply for a driver's license.Driving schools for women have also been set up across five cities in the conservative kingdom, and teachers will include Saudi women who obtained their licenses abroad.
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