Florida suspends new driving permit rules

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

Florida has suspended its new law that required non-U.S. residents to get an international driving permit to legally drive in the state.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles said Thursday afternoon it has suspended the new law pending further study as it may violate the Geneva Convention of Road Traffic.

"Therefore, the Florida Highway Patrol will defer enforcement of violations of the amended statutory section until a final determination of the alignment of the amendment with the treaty can be made," a statement released Thursday afternoon said.

The new law, effective Jan. 1, had required Canadian and other visitors to get an international driving permit in addition to their regular driver's licence to rent cars and drive their own vehicles there.

The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) in south-central Ontario said Friday it is offering refunds to customers who purchased the permit Wednesday or Thursday.

"We apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused. We understand the frustration among travellers & are offering a full refund," the CAA tweeted.