Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Living the Life Ecuador Coast


Driving here in Ecuador is a very different way of moving about the country.
A recent accident brought this to my attention. A friend of ours was T- Boned by a bus; the injuries were minor and the vehicle required $10,000 in repairs.

This, in itself, is not really news because accidents happen every day.
What is, is that the driver was driving on an International license. A lot of foreign travelers use these so that they are able to drive a car when in a country other than the one they live in.
You can use this license to drive in Ecuador. 
But, once you have your Ecuadorian residency and you want to continue driving in Ecuador, you are required to stop using the international license after 90 days. Use that time to sign up for the driving class and obtain an Ecuadorian driving license.
Here it is from the Transito.
You are here as a tourist: you can use your international license, as long as it is in date and you have a license in date from the country where you came from.
You are here and you are going to stay here: ( obtain your residency) you can drive on an international license as long as it is in date and you have a license in date from the country where you came from.
That is, until you are granted residency. Once you are granted residency, you are expected to obtain an Ecuadorian driving license .
Driving on your international license 90 days after you have been granted residency will make your international license void.

So, if you want to stay and you want to drive, go to school and obtain an Ecuadorian license. Be legal and be safe. 

For All your insurance needs here in Salinas talk to Monica.
Speaks English and Spanish.

This Month

January 15, 69 A.D. - Roman Emperor Servius Sulpicius Galba was assassinated by the Praetorian guard in the Roman Forum. He had succeeded Emperor Nero.
January 15, 1535 - Henry VIII became Supreme Head of the Church in England as a result of the Act of Supremacy following his break with Rome.
January 15, 1559 - Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was crowned as Elizabeth I in Westminster Abbey.
January 15, 1870 - The first use of a donkey to symbolize the Democratic Party in America appeared in a cartoon in Harper's Weekly, criticizing former secretary of war Edwin Stanton with the caption, "A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion."
January 15, 1973 - Golda Meir became the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit the Pope.
Birthday - Martin Luther King (1929-1968) was born in Atlanta, Georgia. As an African American civil rights leader he spoke eloquently and stressed nonviolent methods to achieve equality. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. In 1983, the third Monday in January was designated a legal holiday in the U.S. to celebrate his birthday.