Many lady drivers in the UK are currently angry that they will face much higher car insurance premiums in the New Year, when the EU directive on gender equality in insurance rating , comes into force.
The law which prevents car insurance being calculated using actuarial rates determined by gender, will see all women drivers, but especially those new or young drivers, pay a lot more in premiums. It will also see many specialist lady driver policies disappear.
Effectively the EU are saying that is wrong to blanket punish all male drivers with higher premiums, simply because as a set, they cost insurance companies more in claims. This is the price of equality!
Compare this Ladies to Saudi Arabia, where you face ten lashes simply for sitting behind the wheel of a car, and where you cannot buy womens car insurance!
Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that bans all women , including foreign visitors from driving.
Since June 2011, hundreds of female drivers have been defying the ban, and presumably are driving uninsured, breaking the law designed to stop them from going out and committing sin!
Equality protestors have been arguing that even Mohammed’s wife rode a camel and donkey. Currently if women in Saudi Arabia want to go out, they have to employ a male driver or family friend to drive them. Taxis are also No No’s!
Yesterday a Saudi woman was sentenced to 10 lashes with a whip for defying the country’s ban on female drivers. Shaima Jastaina, in her 30s, was found guilty of driving without permission. She has appealed the verdict.
It is the first time a whipping punishment has been handed down for a violation of the longtime driving ban in the ultra-right Muslim nation. Women drivers are usually stopped and interrogated if caught behind the wheel,but let go if they pledge not to drive again on fear of the whip.