In 2011, the "Women2Drive" campaign encouraged women to disregard the laws and post images and videos of themselves driving on social media to raise awareness of the issue in an attempt to force change. Saudi journalist Talal Alharbi says women should be allowed to drive - but only to take their children to school or a family member to hospital.
"Women should accept simple things", he writes for Arab News.
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Writing in the Saudi Gazette, columnist Abdullah Al-Alweet said it was "high time" the practice was brought to an end."This traditional system should be removed completely as demanded by women activists and it should not be continued as a culture or custom," he said.
The proposed inquiry would have contemplated questions such as "What are the difficulties if they start? " One male member of the Shura Council - the formal advisory body to King Salman – had proposed looking into the possibility, an unnamed member of the council told But the suggestion failed to get the 50 per cent plus one support required among the 150 members, which includes 30 women.
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While the Shura council has the power to propose laws to the King, it cannot pass or enforce laws.
In April, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud said the country was not ready for female drivers, while its top cleric said women would be ‘exposed to evil’ if allowed to drive.