The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has suspended the enforcement of a state law that required Canadian drivers to carry an International Driving Permit in addition to their drivers license. The initial law was quietly introduced on January 1st, 2013 and was found to 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 preempt state laws in conflict with them.
From the moment IBAO learned about this new Florida legislation early yesterday morning and how it was affecting Ontario consumers, the association responded immediately, initiating phone calls and discussions with our political and industry partners to work on a resolve as quickly and effectively as possible. We were on and off conference calls all day yesterday and learned around 3:30 p.m. that the Florida legislation had been suspended, and vehicles remain insured.
We compliment the Canadian government on taking action quickly. Keep in mind that this immediate response is a suspension only, and the Florida legislation has not been entirely revoked. The suspension eliminates the need for an International Drivers Permit at this time. IBAO will continue our discussions with our political partners and will keep you informed as to any updates as we learn of them.
In the meantime, you can read more about the government's response on the following links.
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles release
Toronto Star Article
CBC News Story