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Florida Apologizes To Canada Over Driver’s License Law

Posted 2/20/2013 8:00 am by
Just because you have an English driver's license doesn't mean you can drive.

Just because you have an English driver’s license doesn’t mean you can drive.

Florida is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, with tens of millions of people streaming into the state to take in the fun, sun, and tourist attractions.  That’s a whole lot of people from a whole lot of countries renting a whole lot of cars.  That means that Florida Motor Vehicles has traditionally had to squint at a lot of weird driver’s licenses.  However, on January 1, a law went into effect that said international drivers had to have an English-language international driver’s permit or they weren’t allowed to drive on Florida’s roads legally.  Now, Florida is apologizing to Canada and England because they fell under the international driver’s license law despite having English-language licenses.

“This one I just missed.  I want to tell the people in Canada I am sorry,” said Florida state representative Ben Albritton, the guy behind the law.  “If I messed something up, I am man enough to fix it.”

Canada is the country with the highest visitation rate to Florida, with 3 million tourists flocking to the sun every year.  The UK is the third country on the ranking, with 1.3 million visitors every year.  The cost of an international driver’s license in Canada is roughly $25.  English language countries were meant to be left out of the law; until the bill is rewritten, Florida Highway Patrol has suspended enforcement of the law until the issue is resolved or until driverless cars take over.

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