Saudi women could pay 6 times more than men for driving lessons — so women are teaching each other for free.
Several women started a social media campaign called “#IAmReadyToTrainYou to encourage women and men who know how to drive to offer lessons to women without experience on the road.
According to the Saudi Society for Traffic Safety, women have to pay $533-800 for driving lessons, while men’s lessons cost around $120. Drivers are expected to complete 30-90 hours of training, depending on their experience behind the wheel, so inexperienced women could pay nearly $1,800 to complete the hours. The rules seem a bit discriminatory against women and make it more difficult for them to get their licenses.
“I started the hashtag because I want to help other girls learn how to drive perfectly,” the social campaign creator, Hanaa Aldhafery stated to ELLE. “Because if a girl went to a driving training center without experience they will charge her more.”
The Saudi Society for Traffic Safety says the higher fees for women will go toward special trainers and supervisors. They estimate around 600 women are enrolled so far, and more may enroll before the driving ban on women is officially lifted in June 2018.