Penalty point loophole to be closed by 2015
A LOOPHOLE that allows offending motorists to escape penalty points when they cross the border will be closed by 2015, ministers have promised.
A timetable has been agreed to enact legislation to provide mutual recognition of penalty points in both the North and Republic.
At present a motorist from the North caught speeding in the Republic would not get the resulting points on his or her licence, and vice versa.
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar had talks with Northern ministers at the North-South Ministerial Council transport meeting in Armagh yesterday.
"We made real progress on the mutual recognition of penalty points, and have agreed on a detailed timeline," said Mr Varadkar.