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Old 02-14-2013, 08:01 PM   #1
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*** Warning to Florida tourists ***

Effective January 01 2013 all non U.S. residents require an International Drivers Permit in addition to their drivers license when driving in Florida. This includes Canadians!! They can be obtained from C.A.A. with a current passport photo and $25. It is valid for only 1 year at a time. Both C.A.A. and the Florida State Tourism people are trying to get this rectified but it will take time. The police are apparently not being overzealous in their enforcement but it is because they are unable to read foreign licenses that the law was enacted. All Canadian licenses but Quebec are in English so hopefully some exclusions will be made. In the meantime we can use all the help we can get to get this law changed. Please help by writing or e-mailing the Florida State Tourism Board or State Legislature if you are able to find their address. (If anyone has it please post it on here so we can use it. Florida campground owners and other business people should be sure to get involved. Thanks for your help. Old Guys

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Old 02-14-2013, 08:44 PM   #2
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Warning to all Ontario & Quebec Snowmobile Tourists-The trail permit fees in Ontario are 260.00$ per season. The trail permit fees in Quebec are 280.00$ per season. The trail permit fees in Michigan-USA are 45.00$ Help us out also. Youroo!!
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Tourists can relax, they aren't enforcing it until it can be amended correctly.
Florida won't immediately enforce international driver's licence rule: officials | CTV News
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:25 PM   #4
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Thanks SCOC. That is good news. I also saw it on CBC and CTV. Florida held an emergency session to discuss it and said oops we forgot about Canada. Besides it is apparently an illegal law as the U.S. signed the Geneva Traffic Treaty. (yes there really is such a treaty) So for now it has apparently become a non issue as they were overwhelmed by complaints. How can we help YUROO? I think we have to pay more so we can cover the extra delivery cost to Canada for all that snow we get sometimes. Old Guys
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:02 PM   #5
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Does anyone know the logic behind this absolutely draconian law, it would be a huge move backwards, and it will adversely affect Florida's tourism.
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Old 02-15-2013, 06:26 PM   #6
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I don't think it was so much a bad idea but more a not well thought out idea. You have to remember Florida gets a lot of European tourists from Nordic countries and Germany as well as a large number of tourists from Quebec Canada. These people have licenses that are in German, Swiss, Swedish Norwegian or French etc. etc. Police officers who are required to interact from time to time with these tourists can't be expected to be able to read all these languages to obtain needed information in a country that speaks mainly English or Spanish. Besides many European and Asian countries require us to have international driving permit to drive in their countries. Fortunately for Americans Canada does not require one so they can drive here. That is what good neighbours are all about. Old Guys

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You would think they could design an app for that.....they shoot a photo of the license on a device and it translates for them! Just saying!
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I don't think it was so much a bad idea but more a not well thought out idea. You have to remember Florida gets a lot of European tourists from Nordic countries and Germany as well as a large number of tourists from Quebec Canada. These people have licenses that are in German, Swiss, Swedish Norwegian or French etc. etc. Police officers who are required to interact from time to time with these tourists can't be expected to be able to read all these languages to obtain needed information in a country that speaks mainly English or Spanish. Besides many European and Asian countries require us to have international driving permit to drive in their countries. Fortunately for Americans Canada does not require one so they can drive here. That is what good neighbours are all about. Old Guys

Well I don't see how obtaining an international license will help out police, because the license will be issued in the counties language that issued it plus dates are the same in all languages. Florida screwed up, you have to check and see what treaties your national government is a party to before you stamp over peoples rights, this is going backwards, if Florida does not want the tourist to come then just say so we can take our money and go elsewhere where they appreciate jobs that are created from tourism. I am in Florida now and see accidents every day, they all have Florida plates and they cant all be rentals.
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dates are the same in all languages


Not exactly. The way they are often written can be different and confusing, depending on the date. In the UK the date is mostly written in a dd/mm/yy format. In the US you tend to write it in mm/dd/yy format and in Canada it is written most often as yy/mm/dd.

So, for example March 5th, 2012 could look like 05/03/12 in the UK.
03/05/12 in the US. &
12/03/05 in Canada
Confusing and could depend on who you are, where you are and where the person who wrote the date comes from.
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Whoa now. Easy there guys. I don't think they were trying to step on anyones rights. It was just an effort to aid the officers in the field and they have said it wasn't well thought out and will rectify it. How be we just give them a chance and it will all be forgotten and forgiven soon. I still like Florida and I'm sure you do as well. Old Guys
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