The year thus far: It has been a very busy year for almost everyone, with the country’s economy enjoying extensive prosperity, almost all sectors have excelled and possibly one of the most lucrative has been the automotive sales, across the spectrum. Looking around us, and reading the newspapers, we see huge upgrades or buildings being built for dealerships, and many adverts for reps wanted. It will be interesting to see the looming final domestic year end sales figures for this market in comparison to years gone by, and years to come. I think this year, is going to take some beating. This said, road safety, although making the usual festive period headlines, seems to have been generally quieter than last year, perhaps the extensive coverage of various high profile criminal cases during the year, combined with slightly more flexible credit cards due to the general strength of the economy, has given rise to other preoccupations like buying new cars and enjoying our new found freedom. For us, without sounding ungrateful, the year has been frantic, the work load has been consistently high with the usual last minute demand cases wreaking havoc on the normal flow of work, however somehow all seems to pan out. It is very rewarding to find that clients have given positive feedback on the effort we put into cases, even where clients financial constraints, combined with various stumbling blocks, have often led to difficulties in completing cases to full specification. New clients have also been referred, which leads us to believe that the standard of our reports continue to improve. I’m sure for quite a few of you reading this, you will understand my plight when I say trying to run a business, do the work and keep fit and enjoy life in these pressured times can sometimes seem unbearable, but these are our own choices, and as a not so wise friend once smirked, “who ever said business was easy”. Four main Goals that I set myself for this year was to complete further training, complete my book, complete a work related research project and on a personal level to compete as hard as I could in road cycling events. Only one goal was totally achieved, this being the training done at the University of North Florida USA. A generally very busy working year hindered the completion of my book and the research project, however some work was done on both and these will be carried over to the new year, which will definitely see their completion. On the personal front, although I am no Lance Armstrong, nor will I ever be, I have done well in the very competitive vets road cycling category for myself and consistently and substantially improved my times on all the races I have managed to squeeze in between work, however, early morning training and I still haven’t managed to amend our differences as yet. Of things to come, well we wait in anticipation, being a naturally competitive soul, I dislike the unknown and therefore strive to find out and stay ahead, although I clearly understand the principal of the teacher becoming the taught. The remainder of my diary is already quite scribbled, and many colourful files await perusal on my desk, so work will continue unabated throughout. The new year will hopefully bring about further opportunity to study and complete the book, research and other interesting ventures. Of road safety issues, I remain vaguely optimistic that the circumstances on our roads will improve. In my humble opinion, as I have always maintained, until a proactive, no nonsense set of politicians in the presidential hot seat and safety and security position come to grips with the widely available, and already presented research that corruption in the vehicle licensing, drivers licensing and traffic enforcement and prosecution fields need to be dealt with swiftly and effectively, and not just on a “throw money and hope” attitude, it will not go away, more will die, be disabled, maimed and suffer loss on our roads, and will continue to cost this country billions. It has been consistently shown that traffic related issues cost this country more than any other single factor, and traffic related issues are almost always related to almost every other type of event and crime, deal with it, sort it out. I applaud the government for its efforts to promote the vehicle market as a whole and the safety of its citizens by introducing new laws regulating the registration in any manner and transporting of old foreign vehicles with in our borders. To all, I hope you have had a successful year past, enjoy the remainder to come and look forward to a prosperous new year. Safe driving.