The Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad bin Salman, said on Monday that Saudis are “not convinced” that women should be permitted to operate a motor vehicle.
Bin Salman argued that the policy in effect has nothing to do with religion, but rather, the Saudi community itself.
Allowing women to drive is “not a religious issue as much as it is an issue that relates to the community itself that either accepts it or refuses it,” said the 30-year-old prince, who has amassed unprecedented powers since his father, King Salman, ascended to the throne.
Recently, the Saudi Grand Mufti, Sheikh ‘Abdul-‘Aziz ‘Abdullah Al-Sheikh, stated that allowing women to drive was a “dangerous matter that should not be permitted.”
Saudi Arabia does not only ban women from operating motor vehicles, but also, prohibits them from riding bicycles.