Saudi Prince: Maybe We Should Let Women Drive
...that way, we can send foreigners home, says King Abdullah's nephew
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2011 10:34 AM CST
Cars are bumper to bumper after a rainstorm in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

(Newser) – Maybe women should be allowed to drive, says a senior Saudi prince—whose reasoning isn't that females should enjoy equal rights, or would make excellent motorists. Rather, it would allow the kingdom to send hundreds of thousands of foreigners home, reports Reuters. "A lot of Saudi women want to drive their car in line with strict regulations and wearing a headscarf. But now they need a driver. This is an additional burden on households," said a nephew of King Abdullah, who estimates there are 750,000 foreign drivers in the country . "The Saudi society wants fewer foreign laborers ... so why the hesitation?"