Yikes... what a strange day here in Florida. Oh, by the way... "Happy Valentines Day" everyone!
Today was a very strange day here in Florida, as they just about gave everyone in Canada a heart attack on Valentines Day, and then made the biggest flip flop I have seen in a while!
It was reported in the Toronto Star first thing this morning, that Florida passed a law, which was effective on Jan. 1st of this year, that states that every Foreign Driver in Florida, must have an International Driver's Permit! WHAT????
Apparently, the reason behind the requirement, is that the Florida Police want to be able to properly translate a Foreign Drivers Licence into English. Of course, this would be kind of silly when you are dealing with a Canadian Licence that is printed in English.
After reading this story this morning, I quickly learned you have to apply for your International Permit only at any CAA Office in Canada... you cannot do it in the U.S.A. at the AAA Offices. It also cost $25.00 and you need 2 Passport Photos to go along with your fee. I was able to download the application, and planned on mailing it into the CAA. The reason is you could be charged with Driving with an invalid Permit!. Also, you Auto Insurance may not want to pay a claim, if you are charged with Driving with an invalid Licence. Yikes... what is next!
Anyway, by the end of the day, CTV and the Toronto Star are reporting that the State of Florida had to make an emergency Session of the State Government, and actually recinded the new Law, as they are now saying it is against the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic (1949). Phew... They do say though, that Florida is trying to now get this ammended to go forward with the International Drivers Permits.
So, this is still a moving story, and one that requires attention of all Canadians/Foreigners Driving in the State of Florida. I am sure they will be more about this in the next few days in the media.
Turned out to be a very wet day here in Winter Haven today. Judy spent a good part of the day cleaning, taking care of her Valentine, and bonding with her new Asus!