Saudi Arabia: Chiefs of Saudi transport have have launched a campaign to recruit 20,000 Saudi drivers to replace expatriates working for Uber, Careem and the Kingdom’s other taxi-app services, BOL News learnt.
Majed Al-Zahrani of the Public Transport Authority (PTA) said, The number of Saudis driving taxis had risen from 100,000 to more than 600,000 since 2016, and the sector was now ready for Saudization.
According to the details, The job had become particularly popular among women since the ban on them driving in the Kingdom was lifted in June 2018, Al-Zahrani said. “The number of female Saudi drivers working at these applications has reached 2,000, and the number is rising because of the good income and the safe work environment,” he said.
The Public Transport Authority (PTA) and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development will work together to ensure the implementation of the Saudization regulations. Any driver found to be working illegally faces a fine of SR 5,000 (PKR206370)
Earlier in October 2019, The first ever women’s bicycle race was organized by the General Sports Authority in Saudi Arabia.
According to sources, dozens of women cyclists participated in the Woman Cycle Race held at the Jamia Nora University in the Saudi capital Riyadh and on the 20km long track, women tried their best to get ahead of each other.
However, women who came in first and second position were awarded prizes.
Prior to this, reform programs have been underway in Saudi Arabia for the past few years, under which a series of constructive works have been started for the first time in history.
For the first time this year, women’s marathon race were held in Saudi Arabia, attended by women from around the world.
In addition, a women’s bicycle race was held for the first time in Saudi Arabia on the occasion of World Health Day, in which 47 women from all over the country participated.