Look for Gov. Scott to sign repeal of International Driver law at Florida Chamber’s International Days conference

in Uncategorized by

Am hearing that Governor Rick Scott will sign tomorrow HB 7059, repealing a law that has caused confusion about whether international visitors need special permits to drive in Florida.

Scott is expected to sign the bill after speaking at the Florida Chamber’s International Days conference. Scott speaks at 1 p.m. after US Chamber President Tom Donohue addresses the conference.

The law called for foreign visitors to get what are known as international diving permits before leaving their home countries. Those permits would be in addition to regular driver’s licenses, and the requirement was designed to help Florida law-enforcement officers sort out traffic incidents, especially involving international visitors who don’t speak English.

But the law, which took effect Jan. 1, created confusion as foreign tourists drove into the state or rented cars. Also, state officials said it might violate an international treaty called the Geneva Convention on Road Traffic.

Concerned about the potential treaty violation, the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles last month said the Florida Highway Patrol would not enforce the international driving permit requirement.

Nevertheless, lawmakers in both chambers pushed the repeal through committees before taking it to the House and Senate floors.

Scott has already made clear he will approve the repeal.

“It made no sense,” Scott said earlier this month about the requirement. “Hopefully more Canadians will come here next year.”

Material from the News Service of Florida was used in this post.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.