>> As Saudi Arabia prepares to lift its ban on women driving this weekend, the first batch of women car accident inspectors are training to respond to incidents involving female drivers. Hired by a private insurer, the group of 40 received symbolic diplomas just days before women are allowed behind the wheel.
> I have great trust in Saudi women. There's fear at first, but little by little the situation will improve, and God willing this will be a good thing for women. It's unclear how the new trainees will navigate mixed gender environments in the conservative Muslim country, or when they'll be ready to start their new jobs.
But they'll respond to accidents where at least one party is a woman. The change is part of sweeping social reforms pushed by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, twinned with an economic overhaul aimed at ending dependency on oil exports. The government has had nine months to prepare for the bans end, opening driving schools and setting up locations to women to exchange their foreign licenses.
47 year old Samira Al Ghandi is one of those counting down to when she'll finally be able to drive herself to work.>> We are ready and it will totally change our life, it will be more easier. And it's kind of choosing, you can drive or not. It's okay.
>> Much of the kingdom's overwhelmingly young population support the reforms. But many Saudi's are concerned change is happening to fast, and fear it could provoke a backlash by religious conservatives. It's already been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent. Including the arrests over the past month of more than a dozen activist who had previously campaigned for the right to drive.