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Which communities do not allow women to drive cars?

I know the Belzer hassidim do not allow this, but I do not know about any other communities.

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I believe the justification of this restriction is tznius but my question is also about non hassidic (mitnagdim) community. I will change the title to make it better. –  far22 Jul 5 '13 at 15:46
    
Better. Thanks. –  Seth J Jul 5 '13 at 15:51
    
What is the tznius reasoning behind such a prohibition? –  Isaac Moses Jul 5 '13 at 15:57
    
That driving is not a modest behavior. –  far22 Jul 5 '13 at 15:59
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Shevet haLevi 4:1:2 –  Double AA Jul 5 '13 at 16:14

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I have found the answer. The Shulchan Aruch (73:1) and Rambam states that a woman shouldn't leave the house too much. And of course, you have Shevet haLevi 4:1:2. Apparently, humras regarding tznius are recommended by Rashi.

It seems that Belz, Satmar, Viznitz, Skver, Bobov and Pupa do not allow this. But I don't know whether this is official or just an implicit minhag, nor whether it's universal in those groups.

Source: http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/women-driving-1

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Do those women not leave their house or do they just walk everywhere? –  Shmuel Brin Jul 5 '13 at 20:46
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I have no idea and if this is a joke I do not find it funny. –  far22 Jul 7 '13 at 15:10
    
It's not a joke. If you can't drive, you have to walk. You can't stare at a driver for too long (and you can't see much even if you could), but you can stare at a pedestrian. In other words, driving seems much more tznius that walking/bussing. –  Shmuel Brin Jul 7 '13 at 16:24
    
Ok, no problem. I believe driving and walking are not similar. I am not sure, but from what I have read, it seems that driving is seen as a manly activity. Also, it seems that even for men, some rabbanim in the last century were not totally in favor of driving. Maybe it was too manly for men too. I think the best would be to ask directly a belzer hassid. –  far22 Jul 8 '13 at 14:57
    
I heard that the reason is that they would have to sit in the front (obviously), which is like being exposed in a storefront window. The same communities won't have females as front seat passengers either. –  NBZ Jul 30 '13 at 21:35

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