The Minister for Transport, Seamus Brennan, has said progress was made during discussions this morning with Garda Chiefs on introducing the penalty points system for drivers who break the law.

The system was supposed to be introduced in 1998 but has been stalled.

Mr Brennan said the current logjam related to agreeing a contract with the company providing the computers.

He added that he still believes his target of September for the introduction of the penalty point scheme is viable.

The Minister said the Gardaí, the Department of Justice and the computer company would meet in the coming days and that he would be back involved in the talks next week.

The previous Government was strongly criticised by both the National Safety Council and the Irish Insurance Federation for its failure to deliver on the promised penalty points system.