July 29, 2021

Florida climbs down from requiring ‘international driving permit’ from foreigners

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policeticketAuthorities in Florida say at least some police officers will not enforce a new law requiring foreigners to carry a special driver’s licence.

The law, which quietly came into effect on Jan. 1, requires non-U.S. residents to have an international driving permit when operating a vehicle in the state.

On Thursday, the department of highway safety and motor vehicles said the Florida Highway Patrol would “defer” enforcing the legislation because the department had discovered that the legislation may violate the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic. The U.S. is a signatory to the treaty, which pre-empts any conflicting state laws.

The climb-down comes amid an uproar over the new rules in Canada, which sends millions of tourists to the Sunshine State every year.

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