A judge appointed by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to oversee the operation of the garda penalty points system has said he is satisfied there has been "substantial compliance" with the process.

Judge Matthew Deery was appointed to review and monitor the cancellation of penalty point notices by the gardaí.

Minister Fitzgerald said she is satisfied that there is now a very robust process in place, in which the public can have confidence.

The garda penalty points system was reformed last year following allegations of widespread abuse by the Garda Sergeant Maurice Mc Cabe.

Judge Deery said it was not an exhaustive investigation but that he chose a random sample of cancellations in a week of each three or four week period

No figures are given in his two page report.

He stated he did not disagree with the way gardaí who cancelled penalty points exercised their discretion, adding that there were very few such cases. 

The report found that all cancellation applications for gardaí driving private cars were sent to the DPP to ensure the garda was on duty and did not endanger other road users.

However, Judge Deery did express concerns regarding a substantial number of penalty points notices which were being returned "undelivered by post".

Minister Fitzgerald said she has been advised that additional enforcement arrangements are being put in place and that a master driver licence record is being proposed to link databases and improve address delivery.

Minister for Transport Pascal Donohoe has also welcomed the report.

Mr Donohoe said he and Ms Fitzgerald had put funding in place to develop a new independent integrated database, which he said would allow serving of notices to be delivered at the same time as court summons’.

He said this would significantly improve the situation.