International Driving Permit.
Friday morning insomnia so I thought I might make this contribution.
www.internationaldrivingpermit.org Why Carry An IDP?
“Your IDP is a legal travel document regulated by the United Nations, and it is for your protection and safety. IDPs are a requirement for renting a motor vehicle in many countries and can be helpful if you find yourself in need of identification or assistance. Your IDP is a valid form of identification in more than 150 countries worldwide and contains your name, photo and driver information in several languages –so it is understandable to most of the local officials and authorities of the countries you visit. In no way does it diminish the obligation of the holder to conform strictly to the laws and regulations of the countries you visit. A valid IDP allows you to drive in most foreign countries in case of an emergency under normal IDP conditions.”
One is free to accept or reject the above.
From the Library of Congress. (An excellent depository of international law papers.)
Introduction - Guide to Law Online: Austria - Research Guides at Library of Congress (loc.gov)
USA case laws.
US Case Law, Court Opinions & Decisions : Justia
From an Austrian law site
www.ris.bka.gv.at (select translate to English if needed).
No doubt someone can devote the time to direct to a case law reference where the above first reference principle in regard to UN view of IDP is overridden and set aside in Austrian Law. Or USA jurisdictional overseas law. I am too indolent to look.
So dear members of the jury, you decide if the above written legal referenced statement is contradicted and overridden by written reports of verbal hearsay and by verbal assurances made by salespersons.
Life, investing et al, is often spoken of in terms of risk against reward. Saving circa $50 and a little time? I see no reward from taking this type of risk.
Adequate travel and health insurance can be a useful protection should an indiscreet action bring one into conflict in another country, an IDP may be a similar prudent insurance.