Florida clips wings of “snow birds” and other foreign drivers

UPDATE: It seems Florida is having some second thoughts and will be delaying their demands for UN IDP licensing. This from the Montreal Gazette
“Florida backtracks on licence requirement
Earlier, non-U.S. residents visiting Florida were told they must carry an international driver’s permit
By Anne Sutherland, THE GAZETTE”
Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Florida+backtracks+licence+requirement/7964821/story.html#ixzz2KujgMJBX

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National Post is reporting that the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has put the 4.5 billion dollar snow bird (Canadians who fly south) tourism sector on notice. From now on, all foreign drivers will be required to produce an International Driving Permit if they wish to operate a motor vehicle in the state.

The Canadian Press’ report on the story includes comments by Canadian Automobile Association spokesmen Ian Jack. Jack told CP that he has been informed that the inclusion of the Canadian licenses in the new measure was a “mistake” but that the law was still in effect and there would be no opportunity to change it until Florida lawmakers sit again in March.

Additionally, Jack says that although he was informed that Florida state troopers would not be enforcing the law against Canadian drivers other levels of enforcement such as Sheriffs would still be ticketing those who couldn’t produce the UN sanctioned documentation.

Read more:

Kelly McParland: Florida requires translation for licences written in Canadian
http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2013/02/14/kelly-mcparland-florida-requires-translation-for-licences-written-in-canadian/

Florida licence rule change catches Canadians off guard, CAA calls for change
http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Florida+licence+rule+change+catches+Canadians+guard+calls/7964747/story.html

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