Non-Saudi Spouses Of Saudi Women Can Operate Taxis (Italian Translation)

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Saudi Women Can Allow Expat Husbands To Operate Taxis
Saudi Gazette | Riyadh
18 August 2013

The Ministry of Transport has stated that Saudi women can convert their private cars into taxis and allow their foreign husbands to operate them, Al-Watan newspaper reported.

“There are no obstacles in allowing foreign husbands of these women to work in the taxi business,” said Abdulaziz Al-Sumait, the ministry’s spokesman.

“But there is one condition; the car has to be registered in the Saudi woman’s name.”

A recommendation for allowing foreign husbands of Saudi women to turn their cars into taxis was submitted to the ministry previously and it was approved based on certain requirements and conditions.

Those who wish to transform their cars into taxis have to obtain the driving license to operate a taxi. They can then negotiate with a taxi company to work under their umbrella for a nominal fee, which varies from one company to another.

He said Saudi males are not required to follow the same procedures. They need only to apply at the Saudi Savings and Credit Bank for financial support to buy taxis.

He pointed out that the Ministry of Interior has supported the Ministry of Transport’s recommendations.

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Le Donne Saudite Possono Dare Il Permesso Ai Mariti Stranieri Di Guidare Taxi
Saudi Gazette – Riyadh
18 Agosto 2013
Traduzione Italiana di A.P.

Il Ministero dei Trasporti ha stabilito che le donne saudite possono convertire le loro auto private in taxi e consentire ai mariti stranieri di guidarli, secondo quanto riportato dal quotidiano Al-Watan.

“Non ci sono ostacoli per consentire ai mariti stranieri di queste donne di avviare un’attività di taxi”, ha detto Abdulaziz Al-Sumait, portavoce del ministero.
“Ma ad una condizione: l’auto deve essere immatricolata a nome della donna saudita”.

In precedenza era stata rivolta al ministero una raccomandazione per consentire ai mariti stranieri di donne saudite di trasformare le loro auto in taxi, ed è stata approvata in base a determinati requisiti e condizioni.

Coloro che desiderano trasformare le loro auto in taxi devono ottenere la patente per guidare un taxi. Poi possono accordarsi con una compagnia di taxi per lavorare sotto la sua egida pagando una tassa nominale, che varia da una compagnia all’altra.

Ha detto che i maschi sauditi non debbono seguire le stesse procedure. Devono solo fare domanda presso la Saudi Savings and Credit Bank di un aiuto finanziario per comprare i taxi.

Ha sottolineato che il Ministero dell’Interno ha appoggiato le raccomandazioni del Ministero dei Trasporti.

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Tara Umm Omar

American married to a Saudi.

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