Earlier this year, Ronnie Cohen contacted the US Metric Association (USMA) to get information about the current situation in the USA regarding its transition to the metric system. Paul Trusten, Registered Pharmacist and Vice President and Public Relations Director of USMA, responded.
Following earlier discussion on Metric Views, we take a look at the current position on the metric changeover in Canada.
Posted in General, History, Transport, Views from abroad
Tagged Canada, Canadian, Canadian Metric Association, Free Trade Agreement, imperial, metrication, trade, transition, units, US, US customary, USA
With the end in prospect for road traffic signs showing imperial-only vehicle dimensions, Ronnie Cohen takes a look at the current muddle.
Posted in Consumer affairs, Road signs, Transport, Uncategorized
Tagged bridges, car parks, DfT, distance, drivers, feet, height, inches, maximum, metres, official, private, restriction, road, sector, sign, signs, traffic, vehicle, yards
We look at some internal correspondence at the UK Department for Transport (DfT) on the subject of the avoiding the obligation to fix a date for the conversion of road traffic signs to metric measurements.
In February, the Prime Minister confirmed the date of the referendum which will decide whether the United Kingdom remains in or leaves the European Union (EU). The referendum will take place on 23 June 2016. In this article, Ronnie Cohen looks at some measurement issues related to the decision on EU membership.
Metric Views has come across a personal view on the use of the metric system in Germany that may surprise some of our readers.
In this article, Ronnie Cohen looks at lists of plausible conversions in both directions between imperial units still in use in the UK and metric units.
Posted in Consumer affairs, Education, General, Media, Road signs, Technical
Tagged area, both, capacity, combination, combinations, conversion, conversions, directions, energy, factor, factors, length, mass, power, pressure, table, tables, temperature, unit, units, volume
In December 2015, television weather forecasters expressed our record rainfall in millimetres while the national newspapers stubbornly stuck to inches. Apparently, the use two different measurement systems for the same phenomenon is alive and well in the UK. Ronnie Cohen looks at other aspects of British national life where two competing systems are used for measuring the same thing.
Posted in Consumer affairs, General, Road signs, Transport, Uncategorized, Views from abroad
Tagged area, areas, beer, car, competition, cycling, dimension, efficiency, fruit, fuel, gold, height, land, length, mess, milk, muddle, park, pressure, prices, railway, sales, signposts, signs, size, sizes, sports, system, systems, tourism, tourists, train, trains, tyre, vegetable, vehicle, walking, width