Florida State Officials Confirm They Will Amend New IDP Law

Hi all,

Yesterday State Officials confirmed that they will be looking to amend the new law introduced on the 01/01/13 requiring non-residents to be holders of International Driving Permits.

A spokesman for Governor Rick Scott confirmed in a statement to Reuters;

We will work with the legislature to amend the law this year so it does not burden international visitors to our state, who make up an important part of our tourism industry


The passing of this law and then the apparent lack of communication has caused quite a stir in English speaking countries such as Canada and Britain who make up a very large percentage of travellers to the Sunshine state every year.floridalaw

International travellers accounted for nearly 15% of Florida’s 87.3 million visitors in 2011. Canada tops the list of foreign visitors at 3.3 million, followed by 1.5 million Brazilian and 1.3 million British tourists. So you can see why Rick Scott can not afford to annoy English speaking tourists.

How quickly this Law is amended is anyone’s guess but at present officials will not be enforcing it.



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