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KSA’s Haia bans chasing women drivers

Saudi Arabia's Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) has instructed all its members to not chase female drivers, Saudi Gazette has reported, citing a source at the Haia. There are no laws in place authorising Haia members to pull over and arrest a woman who is caught driving a car on streets, the source said. On Friday, the head of the Haia said the ban on women driving is not mandated by any text in Shari'ah which forms the basis for most Saudi laws. "Islamic Shari'ah does not have a text forbidding women driving," said Sheikh Abdulatif Al Al Sheikh, adding that he had no authority to change Saudi policy on women driving.