Addressing a cross-border problem.

Today’s Sunday Times reports, Penalty points for cross-border speeding abuses, that Martin Cullen ( Minister for transport) and the Irish Attorney General will be using European legislation to close a loop-hole which allows Irish drivers to escape getting penalty points on their licenses if caught speeding in the United Kingdom.

I would hope, although some Unionists might not be enthusiastic, that the UK will follow suit in respect of drivers caught speeding in Ireland.

Apparently there is a particular problem in the border counties-

“Safety groups say the anomoly encourages motorists from either side of the border to speed while driving outside their jurisdiction. Counties Louth, Donegal and Cavan have particularly poor road-safety records. Conor Faughnan of the AA, referring to the poor road safety records of these counties, said a “zone of recklessness” existed around the border. He said the figures suggested motorists from Northern Ireland believed they could “get away” with speeding when in the republic. “

  • Occasional Commenter

    >Unionists might not be enthusiastic, that the
    >UK will follow suit in respect of drivers caught speeding in Ireland

    Why should only Unionists be less than enthusiastic? Why would a Nationalist driver be any more law-abiding while in the Republic?

  • fair_deal

    I thought all of this had been agreed ages ago. It was one of those cross-border things that seemed to be announced half a dozen times. Or has my brain not kicked in yet? It is a Monday morning after all.

  • Davros

    Why should only Unionists be less than enthusiastic?

    where was the claim amde that ‘only Unionists’ would be less than enthusiastic ?

  • Occasional Commenter

    Davros, Ambrose said (if you click the “more” button):

    > I would hope, although some Unionists might
    > not be enthusiastic, that the UK will follow
    > suit in respect of drivers caught speeding in Ireland.

  • Davros

    Oc Com – that makes no reference to how non-Unionists might or might not feel.