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International Driving Permit in Florida: CAA-Quebec makes the point

Following events that occurred during the day of February 14, CAA-Quebec believes it is important to review the situation in order to properly educate its members and the public.

Let us recall that the ministry responsible for road safety and motor vehicles in Florida (Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles) announced on February 14 the suspension of the requirement for any foreign citizen driving a vehicle on the territory, have in his possession an International Driving Permit (IDP), and that, even if the law behind this measure implementation on January 1 is still in force. Meanwhile, this same instance sent to agencies responsible for ensuring compliance with the laws in Florida a message inviting them to also suspend the application of this specific requirement.

CAA-Quebec relief, others too ...

"We are pleased with this change," stated Sophie Gagnon, assistant vice-president, Public and Government Relations, CAA-Quebec. "From Tuesday, the moment where we have been informed of this new requirement of PCI, we strongly reacted, together with our colleagues from the CAA and AAA, aware of the impact of this sudden move for us . Of representations were therefore quickly made with the authorities of Florida to explain the consequences of this rule for travelers and reconsider the request. "Florida being a very popular destination for Quebecois, CAA-Quebec is also pleased to see that it is not the only one to have reacted, welcoming in particular the initiative of the Insurance Bureau of Canada, which recommends to all its member insurers ignore the fact of whether or not a PCI in the eventual treatment of complaints received in an accident in Florida.

Florida aware of the delicate situation

That same morning, the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was pleased with the decision of Florida. Another reassuring for CAA-Quebec: in a statement issued yesterday, the ministry responsible for road safety and motor vehicles in Florida recognizes the possible impact of this announcement on the international plane and said anxious to recognize the rich history has always had the tourism industry in this state.

Meanwhile, motorists should do?

Understand that the law itself is still in force and that the return of the obligation of PCI could be ad. To date, CAA-Quebec is not able to assess the time taken for the work undertaken by Florida or the end of it. Accordingly, it is to each, taking into account their personal situation, decide if it is appropriate to get a PCI to drive in Florida. Thus, travelers who depart in a few weeks could decide to wait a bit and see how the situation evolves. "For almost immediate for a few days, have a PCI departure does not appear essential, Ms. Gagnon precise, but for someone who later share this winter and for longer, he would probably think. "

Citizens already on site in Florida may, if they so desire, order a PCI by mail from the form found on the website of CAA-Quebec, following the procedure and requirements as are specified.

A refund is possible?

Because it is to evaluate each has its needs, and because of the exceptional nature of the situation, CAA-Quebec will offer the opportunity to be reimbursed for PCI and photographs that have been taken on-site service centers in the 13 and 14 last persons who, in the light of what we know now February, decide that the document they appear less necessary, however, knowing that nothing is sure about it for the rest of things.

CAA-Quebec, an organization non-profit founded in 1904, offers its 1,195,000 members services and privileges in the fields of automotive, travel, residential and financial services.

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