40 women have been trained and graduated as car accident inspectors in Saudi Arabia
24 June 2018| Last updated on 24 June 2018
Saudi Arabia’s first female car accident inspectors have started their first day in their new jobs as the ban on women driving in the Kingdom has officially been lifted as of today, June 24th, 2018. 40 women have been hired by the private insurance company, Najm to respond to road accidents involving female drivers. Najm is working in partnership with the General Department of Traffic to employ and train these women.
The graduation ceremony was held on Thursday, June 21st, 2018 at Riyadh’s Four Seasons Hotel. Maha Al Shanifi, Director General of Corporate Communications and Marketing at Najm said: “The investigators who proved language proficiency, absence of criminal record, and acceptance of morning and evening shifts, were selected for the first batch.”
According to Shanifi, the female inspectors will be called to the scene of the accident when one of those involved is insured, not those involving injuries, and when at least one party is a woman.
These car accident inspectors started their new career today in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam.
Inspector Amira Abdul Aziz Al-Enezi from Riyadh told Arab News: “As Saudi women, we can play a vital role in managing and responding to accidents, supporting women drivers, and contributing to raising awareness about traffic safety.”
It is unclear how many inspectors will be hired but the number will definitely be based on the demand. Appointing and training female investigators is an important part of empowering Saudi women.