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Well for all you folks coming in from other countries next year here is a piece of brilliance our legislators have throw into the mix in Florida to further cripple our tourist-based economy - so plan accordingly:
Frankie I heard today that the legislation has been recinded temporarily, can't blame the officers though if they can't read a driver's license written in a language other than English. It's my understanding that the Quebec D/L's are in french ... guessing the Mexican ones are in Spanish? Up here in Canada the Quebecois pride themselves in not having any English signs in the Province of Quebec, hell they don't even want to fly the Canadian flag there! Sorry for the rant...
Just another way to tax the tourists note the $25 fee have never heard any law enforcement complain about this, the state of Florida is the best at killing itself.
Here's a cut and paste from Frank's post.
"During the 2012 legislative session, the Florida Legislature amended section 322.04, Florida Statutes, to require visitors from outside the United States to have an International Driving Permit in order to drive lawfully in Florida. This change took effect Jan. 1, 2013," the department stated Thursday.
"It has come to the Department's attention that this requirement may violate the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic (1949), an international treaty to which the United States is a signatory. Treaties to which the United States is a party preempt state laws in conflict with them.
It's not as if they don't have enough problems here in Floriduh....
Why waste time worrying about this?
If you read the second paragraph, looks like this "new" Floriduh law conflicts with a 1949 Geneva Convention treaty.
Wonder how much time our state legislature wasted debating this new "law", not realizing the conflict?
This past summer, I rented a car in Italy. NOBODY asked me for a "special international drivers license".
Frankie I heard today that the legislation has been recinded temporarily, can't blame the officers though if they can't read a driver's license written in a language other than English. It's my understanding that the Quebec D/L's are in french
I am in Orlando on business next week and will be renting a car, also hopefully getting to a car show and then Oldtown on Sat.
This new legislation apparently took effect Jan 1, but only became public knowledge this week when a British journalist found out about it by accident.
I went to our local CAA office (AAA) to get one of those international permits (only place in Canada that has them), but there were literally hundreds of people who had also been caught off guard waiting in line for the same thing.
I was told the wait was about 2hrs, so I left, later that day FL made the statement that they would not enforce the law for now.
I have used my Quebec permit around the world to rent cars, never an issue, it has the bar code and mag strip and the rental car companies just scan it like any other.
Here is a sample of a Quebec permit, if a cop can't scan this or figure it out, he probably has more serious issues in his life...
PS. That international drivers license that FL mandated costs over $40 with picture and taxes, and is only valid for one year.