Women’s transport: Solutions needed

Laura Bashraheel; 27/6/09

In Saudi Arabia, the only country in the world where women are not allowed to drive, transportation is definitely an issue. Women are usually driven around by family members and personal drivers, or are forced to use some other type of private transportation. While the private transport is a booming business, the higher the demand the more expensive the supply becomes. Providing alternative solutions is the only exit. Some companies provide cars and drivers to ferry their women employees for work purposes, but not all companies have the budget to do that. Workingwomen, meanwhile, find it difficult getting to work and are often charged thousands of riyals a month in transportation. Hadeel Al-Amir, a 30-year-old employee at a private company, does not have a personal driver. Her husband also travels a lot and so she used to face an everyday dilemma when going to work.

See: http://www.arabnews.com/?page=1&section=0&article=124071&d=27&m=6&y=2009