A peculiar law, which required British citizens to carry an International Driving Permit to hire cars in Florida, has been repealed.
The law was introduced in January without notification to driving organisations such as the AA, or to the UK travel trade. The lack of communication left many British holidaymakers without hire cars for their holidays because they only had UK drivers’ licences, which were invalid because of the new law.
The law only came to light when a British tourist was unable to hire a pre-booked car at Florida airport because he didn’t have the required international permit.
Once it came to the attention of the media, the State of Florida said it wouldn’t enforce the law, which had been originally designed towards drivers with foreign-language drivers’ licences. However, this decision still left holidaymakers unsure of their legal position and insurance rights, fearing lack of cover if they had an accident. Also, some car hire firms continued to insist on the international permit, leaving some people unable to get their pre-booked cars.
The law was, thankfully, repealed last week. Therefore, it is no longer a requirement for British holidaymakers to hold an international permit to hire a car in the State of Florida. However, be aware that some hire firms may still insist on it, so try to check their policy before you book.