A loophole that allows offending motorists to escape penalty points when they cross the Irish border will be closed by 2015, authorities have announced.
Irish Transport Minister Leo Varadkar, Stormont's Minister for Regional Development Danny Kennedy and Environment Minister Alex Attwood held talks on the issue at a meeting in Armagh yesterday.
Afterwards Mr Varadkar said a detailed timetable for implementation had been agreed, which will see legislation enacted north and south by December 31, 2014.
“We made real progress ... and have agreed on a detailed timeline,” said the minister.
“I look forward to a time when it won't be possible to escape penalty points simply by crossing the border,” he added.