CAA Offering Refund to Customers in Ontario Who Bought IDPs
In the wake of the fallout over the state of Florida requiring Canadian motorists to have an International Drivers' Permit along with their regular license if they intend on driving there, the Canadian Automobile Association is now offering refunds for customers in South Central Ontario who bought them this week.
The CAA says customers who bought an IDP and passport photos at a CAA South Central Ontario location will have until March 15, 2013 to get a refund.
Customers looking to get a refund must bring back the IDP issued and the original receipt to any CAA SCO store.
The agency says while enforcement of this new law in Florida may not take place at least for now, they are continuing to recommend for those Canadians travelling to Florida in the next few days, to consider obtaining an IDP.
As for those who will not be travelling for some days, and those already in Florida, they are being advised to wait for further developments.
Meanwhile, local law enforcement agencies in Florida are starting to follow the Highway Patrol decision not to enforce the state law requiring Canadian drivers not to have the IDPs along with their regular license.
The Sarasota County Sherriff's Office, Hernando County Sherriffs and Lee County which is Fort Meyers have all said that they won't enforce the new law.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is asking all police agencies to follow suit until they can determine if the law breaches international agreements and until the State Legislature is back in session to reconsider the law and it's unintended consequence on Canadian drivers.
(w files from D. Agar)