The UK Metric Association (UKMA) welcomes today’s announcement by the government of an attack on unnecessary sign clutter, but believes that some obvious targets have been missed: in particular, the Department for Transport’s requirements for local authorities to use multiple obsolete units on our road signs.
As UKMA pointed out in our recent leaflet Traffic Signs 2.0, the use of rational metric units on signs would make signs clearer than the current mixture of units on imperial-based road signs. This is particularly evident in Wales, where the requirement to show two languages would be considerably simpler using metric units – with common symbols – than imperial text.
Some examples of current cluttered signs (on the left) and our proposed simplified signs (on the right) are given below:
Current cluttered signs Clear metric signs