State won't enforce permits for foreign drivers

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Officials say a new state law requiring foreign visitors to have international driving permits violates an international treaty.

Under the law that took effect Jan 1., foreign drivers who didn't have the $25 permit could have been arrested for driving without a license.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles said Thursday that the permit requirement violates the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic.

The Florida Highway Patrol said it won't enforce the permit requirement until officials can determine if the treaty signed by the U.S. or the state law can be amended.

David Gornley, who runs the Canadian Wholesale Currency Exchange in Fort Myers, told the News-Press that he worried about losing business if the permit requirement deterred Canadians and other foreign visitors from traveling to Florida.

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