100,000 Expat House Drivers Left KSA Last Year

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The number of expat house drivers dropped from 1.4 million to 1.3 million by the end of last year compared to the previous year, the Saudi Gazette reported, quoting statistics released by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.

65 percent of the expatriate family drivers were from Asian countries. A new 181 foreign women drivers arrived in the Kingdom recently.

According to foreign reports, about 6 million Saudi women, representing 65 percent, may apply for driving licenses in the near future. This will greatly reduce the dependency on expat drivers.

The report said the number of Saudi women behind the wheel might reach about 3 million by the end of 2020.

The Directorate General of Traffic is currently considering offers from a number of foreign companies to establish schools in various areas to teach women driving according to international standards.