Some Saudi men have expressed their dissatisfaction with the change, and are using an Arabic hashtag for "You won't drive" in their social media posts, BBC reported.
"We all know that culture does change with time", he said.
With state-backed support for the move, many Saudis now say they support the decision allowing women to drive and see it as long overdue.
A report by the Gulf Research Centre said that lifting the driving ban on women "may help them overcome some of the difficulties they face in accessing job opportunities". The ten women had obtained their worldwide driving licenses before, except in their home country.
Aseel is responsible for creation of strategies to promote the education and training of women in motorsport in Saudi Arabia.
While there was never explicitly a law against women driving in Saudi Arabia, a ban was enforced by police and licenses were not issued to women. Now, they don't need private chauffeurs or male relatives if they want to go for an outing. (Credit: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters) Hannan Iskandar gets ready to drive her auto in her neighbourhood (Credit: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters) Sabika Habib adjusts the mirror of her vehicle while she is on her way to Bahrain.
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The detainees include three generations of activists, among them 28-year-old Loujain al-Hathloul, also held in 2014 for more than 70 days for attempting to drive from neighbouring United Arab Emirates to Saudi Arabia, and Aziza al-Yousef, a retired professor at Riyadh's King Saud University.
She said she was behind the wheel minutes after the end of the driving ban at midnight local time.
She said: "I don't think there was an immediate connection between the two". The ban had relegated women to the backseat, restricting when and how they move around. "Even if there are some people who aren't happy with it I believe the support that we got was a lot more". "I feel free like a bird". Ahead of lifting the driving ban, the kingdom passed a law against sexual harassment with up to five years in prison for the most severe cases.
"But it'll take time before these gains are realized as the economy adapts to absorbing a growing number of women seeking work". Many haven't had a chance to take the gender-segregated driving courses that were first offered to women only a few months ago.
While some quietly oppose the decision, there are men who are openly embracing the greater rights being granted to Saudi women. And the classes can be costly, running several hundred dollars.
The lifting of the prohibition, which for years drew worldwide condemnation and comparisons to the Taliban in Afghanistan, was welcomed by Western allies as proof of a new progressive trend in Saudi Arabia.
Though Mr Gasnier doesn't expect women to rush out and buy a auto straight away.