Saudi Arabia is lifting its ban on women driving, according to a statement from the state-run press agency.
Saudi King Salman’s decision was announced by royal decree, the agency said.
The regulation has been part of the conservative kingdom’s broad restrictions on women’s rights, which include requiring women to secure a male family member’s approval for actions such as working and traveling.
Female activists have long protested the ban, including by staging demonstrations during which they end up facing arrests and other state restrictions for driving.
The new policy is expected to go into effect next June, The New York Times reports. The state-run agency says women can start applying for licenses.