70% of Saudi Women Most Likely to Drive Once Ban Is Lifted: Study

70% of Saudi Women Most Likely to Drive Once Ban Is Lifted: Study
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Published December 18th, 2017 - 17:00 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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63 percent of Saudis were pleased with the decree (AFP/File)
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Some 70 percent of women in Saudi Arabia are most likely to drive once they are allowed to take the wheel in June 2018.

A recent study by Ipsos showed that the most prominent methods of transportation for women in the Kingdom are either to be driven by a male member the family or through the use of ride-hailing apps.

At least one in five households also have a hired household driver.

With a Royal decree allowing women to drive, the Ipsos study showed that many changes will take place impacting households, both genders, the economy, automotive brands, and many more.

63 percent of Saudis were pleased with the decree. They believe that lifting the ban on women driving will have a positive impact on modernizing Saudi Arabia and will give increased independence for women.

But many also feel there will be negative implications on issues related to traffic and road safety, as well as increased harassment of women on the street.

The majority of women said that they are likely to purchase new cars. Males will remain the decision-makers when it comes to car purchases within the household, but women will have a big say.

One in two households which currently have a hired driver expect to stop hiring.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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