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Saudi Arabia Looks to Lift Driving Ban for Some Women

It’s the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive, but that could be about to change reports the UK’s Independent.

The advisory council to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has recommended the country’s government lift the long-standing ban on women drivers despite decades of cracking down on protests.

But, even if the Shura Council’s recommendations are taken up by the autocratic king, the ban will still remain in place for women under 30 – an anonymous council member told The Associated Press.

For those old enough to get behind the wheel there would still be other constraints.

They would only be allowed to drive between 7am and 8pm from Saturday to Wednesday and from midday to 8pm on Thursday and Friday, the weekend in the oil rich kingdom.

Permission from a male relative – a husband or father, brother or son – would be required and outside of the cities women could not drive without a man present in the car.

Women drivers would also have to be conservatively dressed and wearing no make-up, according to the official.