We do not suggest that the UK should switch from driving on the left to driving on the right, but we ask if there are lessons from Sweden’s switch in 1967 that might be applied to the oft-postponed changeover of UK’s road traffic signs to metric.
The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to her third child.
Visitors to the capital may have been surprised by the use of “minutes” to measure distance on many pedestrian signs. Metric Views has now come across correspondence between Ronnie Cohen and Transport for London (TfL) that provides the explanation.
We comment on a letter and the reply recently published in Which?, the magazine of the Consumers Association.
We take a look at a little-reported discovery made by NASA’s rover during its 2000 days on Mars.
In this article, Ronnie Cohen looks at the deficits of some major economies and asks if apparent reluctance to use the global measurement system is a symptom of a wider problem – adapting to a changed world.
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We look into the recent story that appeared on BBC TV about the possibility of champagne becoming available again in the UK in pint bottles.
When Ronnie Cohen was researching the use of miles and kilometres for other articles, he came across several instances of metric and imperial versions of the same report produced by the DfT. In this article he gives details.
The Department for Transport has always maintained that the measurement system used on road traffic signs can be considered in isolation from the UK, European and global economies. The Winter Olympics in Korea, now drawing to a close, provide us with yet another reminder, should one be needed, that this might not be so.
We reprint an article that was first published ten years ago and illustrates the risks of using a mix of metric and Imperial measures.