The first point I want to make is that the department is in line with meeting what has been promised in this action plan.
I just want to go back to the comments about the skills of the people in the department. The first thing I want to say on that is that priority number one is ensuring safety, doing the oversight of safety in the rail transportation system.
We have a traditional approach to oversight that is based on inspection. What SMS is about is saying that we want to take safety to a higher level by having more of our resources dedicated to the auditing of safety management systems and, notably, to garner the information will that will help us direct and focus our inspections to areas of highest risk. This is not about closing shop, rearranging, and in the meantime not doing inspections. Clearly, we have fallen short on the speed of implementation of SMS. It's clear in the report. We do not have as many people as we should have at this point in time trained to do audits.
On the other side, I will say that last year we performed 30,000 inspections. It's all about ensuring that, as we move, it's to increase safety, but we're certainly not about to say that we're not going to do the inspections in order to prepare our people for it. We should be able to do both, I get that point, but the important point here is that safety is priority number one. We have an inspectorate force that is very versatile and conversant in the inspection activities. What we have to do is have more people who are able to perform audits and to meet the targets in our audit plans to ensure that we have the right coverage in our SMS.