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LHC imposes ban on underage driving

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday imposed a ban on underage drivers which will be strictly enforced, ARY News reported. The petition was filed by civil society member Abdullah Malik who informed the court that children were seen driving vehicles and motorcycles on highways and other busy thoroughfares. The petitioner stated that an awareness campaign should be started to warn about the hazards of underage driving which results in accidents everyday and the loss of precious lives. The petitioner that…

Saudi women gear up for new freedom as driving ban ends

RIYADH: Women in Saudi Arabia took to the roads at midnight on Sunday, ushering in the end of the world’s last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women’s repression in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom. “It feels weird, I am so happy ... I’m just too proud to be doing this right now,” said 23-year-old Majdooleen al-Ateeq as she cruised across Riyadh for the first time in her black Lexus. The lifting of the ban, ordered last September by King Salman, is part of sweeping reforms pushed by his powerful…

Saudi Arabia gears up to end women driving ban

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from Sunday, ending the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform marred by what rights groups call an expanding crackdown on activists. Overturning the decades-long ban, a glaring symbol of repression against women, is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's much-trumpeted reform drive to modernise the conservative petrostate. Potentially thousands of female drivers are set to take the wheel on Sunday, a long-awaited rite of passage for women in the…

Driving not ‘be all’ of Saudi women’s rights: princess

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia is working to address deeper issues on the path to women's rights after allowing them to drive and attend soccer matches, one of the kingdom's top female officials said Wednesday. "These are things that are quick wins, we know we can do them, women in stadium, women driving, that's great, but women driving is not the end all, be all of women's rights," Princess Reema bint Bandar al-Saud told the Atlantic Council in Washington. As part of a wide-ranging social and economic reform initiative in…

Ford urges 2,900 pickup owners to stop driving

WASHINGTON: Ford Motor said on Thursday it had confirmed a second death in an older pickup truck caused by a defective airbag inflator of Takata and urged 2,900 owners in North America to stop driving immediately until they can get replacement parts. The second largest U.S. automaker said it confirmed in late December that a July 2017 crash death in West Virginia in a 2006 Ford Ranger was caused by a defective Takata inflator. It previously reported a similar death in South Carolina that occurred in December 2015. Ford…