NL-France li­cence agree­ment

The Compass - - OPINION -

Res­i­dents of the Re­pub­lic of France, in­clud­ing St. Pierre and Miquelon, who come to New­found­land and Labrador to live, study or work, will now have their driv­ers’ li­cence rec­og­nized.

This agree­ment also al­lows the same recog­ni­tion for New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans liv­ing in France.

Govern­ment Ser­vices Min­is­ter Kevin O’Brien sug­gested “ New­found­land and Labrador is a won­der­ful place to live and work with some of the best fa­cil­i­ties to of­fer any­one. Agree­ments such as this, pro­vide an eas­ier tran­si­tion for any­one im­mi­grat­ing or do­ing busi­ness. It makes the bur­den of mov­ing to a new lo­ca­tion less daunt­ing.”

The ‘ High­way Traf­fic Act’ al­lows for this type of re­cip­ro­cal agree­ment for other ju­ris­dic­tions. It ex­empts re­quire­ment for per­sonal ve­hi­cles and mo­tor­cy­cles for writ­ten, vi­sion and road test re­quire­ments and es­sen­tially al­lows for an ex­change of their driv­ers’ li­cences.

Fran­cois De­lat­tre, Am­bas­sador of France in Canada, ex­plained “It will ease our lives of cit­i­zens on both sides of the At­lantic, in­clud­ing St. Pierre and Miquelon.”

The prov­ince has pre­vi­ously en­tered sim­i­lar agree­ments with the United States, United King­dom, Ger­many, Aus­tria, Switzer­land, and South Korea.

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