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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • @ShmuelBrin b"H! – Double AA Nov 14 '13 at 0:34

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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    I have no idea and if this is a joke I do not find it funny. – far22 Jul 7 '13 at 15:10
  • 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. – Adám Jul 30 '13 at 21:35

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