woman behind the wheelThe Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Saudi Arabia has been advised against arresting women who drive in the kingdom as it is the jurisdiction of the Saudi Arabian security authorities, reported Gulf News.

One Haia source said that the Saudi religious police did not have the authority to arrest or persecute women who are found driving in the kingdom. Furthermore, members who fail to comply with the orders will be held accountable.

Though there is no law that bans women from driving in Saudi Arabia, women are not issued a driving license. Driving without a valid license is a clear offence in the kingdom. Women who are caught driving vehicles usually submit in writing that they will not repeat the offense.