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
    Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 15:46
  • What is the tznius reasoning behind such a prohibition?
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 15:57
  • That driving is not a modest behavior.
    – far22
    Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 15:59
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    Shevet haLevi 4:1:2
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 5, 2013 at 16:14
  • @ShmuelBrin b"H!
    – Double AA
    Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 0:34

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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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    I have no idea and if this is a joke I do not find it funny.
    – far22
    Commented Jul 7, 2013 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
    Commented Jul 8, 2013 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
    Commented Jul 30, 2013 at 21:35

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