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Florida driving permit u-turn

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19 February 2013 by Luke McCormick

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has done a u-turn over a new law requiring foreign drivers to have an International Driving Permit, as well as their normal driving licenses.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has issued a statement saying that it has suspended the new International Driving Permit (IDP) requirement "pending further study".

It said in the statement: "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 US is a signatory. Treaties to which the US is a party pre-empt state laws in conflict with them."

The department said the Florida Highway Patrol would not enforcement the law until it is fully reviewed.

"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 US or from their country of residence.

"However, the FHP will not take enforcement action based solely on the lack of an IDP," it added.

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