What’s going on at the beginning of 2014?

The bad news is that the green meanies are, it seems, about to get their way in two key areas within my world; one, by restricting the M1 to a “temporary” speed limit of 60mph between junctions 28-31 and 32-35a on the grounds that air pollution will improve in the area as a result; two, by refusing to issue my local Brighton and Hove Motor Club with a license to stage the Brighton Speed trials in 2014 on the basis of dubious health and safety.

And just this morning I watched a video on the internet, posted officially by BMW GmBH, that shows a prototype M235i drifting perfectly around a steering pad, all by itself while the driver just sits there, arms folded, giggling.

The M1 speed limit proposal is a concerning, if not predictable move from Whitehall. Concerning because the 70mph speed limit itself was introduced on an a “experimental” basis in 1965, only to become a permanent fixture just two years later (bringing an immediate 20 per cent reduction in casualties on motorways, it must be noted, but during a time when cars were just a touch more dangerous than they are today, it must also be noted).

Predictable because it’ll no doubt improve traffic flow at peak times, which is good, but will still be in force from 7am-7pm, even on Saturdays and Sundays, which is perhaps not so welcome for the early rising weekend motorist.