There won’t be any 80mph speed limit trials on our motorways next year because the government has changed its stance on the issue. Just recently we reported plans for the 80mph trials after a transport minister told Auto Express they would go ahead next year, but the government has since done a U-turn on the matter, dropping the plans. Patrick McLoughlin, transport minister, told The Times that, for now, the plans were on hold. He said: “Look, that's not a priority, to be absolutely honest. You would have to do trials in certain areas so it's not something that's a high priority.” Rumours abound that it’s been dropped to retain women voters, who are seen to be opposed to the higher speed limit. The decision to drop the 80mph trials has been met with as mixed a reaction as their announcement earlier this month.