|Posted: 15 February 2013 at 4:01pm | IP Logged
Just received the following update...
Further information regarding IDP
Charter Travel have been advised by ABTA that the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, suspended the state’s recently enacted International Driving Permit requirement pending further study. International visitors who plan to drive in Florida now need only a valid driver’s license issued from their own country (both parts if applicable) and the a major credit card.
Here is the full statement from DHSMV:
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.
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 pre-empt state laws in conflict with them.
Therefore, the Florida Highway Patrol will defer enforcement of violations of the amended statutory section until a final determination of the alignment of the amendment with the treaty can be made. Non-resident visitors to Florida who wish to drive while here will be required to have in their immediate possession a valid driver license issued in his or her name from another state or territory of the U.S. or from their country of residence. However, the FHP will not take enforcement action based solely on the lack of an International Driving Permit. The FCO have updated their travel advice to reflect this. Please see below:
The State of Florida has suspended enforcement of a recently introduced driving law requiring non-resident drivers to be in possession of an International Driving Permit and a UK driving licence. Following the change, a valid UK driving licence, or licence issued by another foreign government or US State, is the only requirement for driving a car in Florida.
View the travel advice in full here: www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/north-centra l-america/united-states
Please could you keep a vigilant watch on the ABTA and foreign office website for future updates as we will not be communicating further information regarding the permits.
Sounds like it's all back to normal...