Category Archives: Road signs

Continued use of medieval units damages UK’s image abroad

Following the Brexit vote, leading ministers have used a number of buzzwords and phrases to try to promote the UK in a positive light as they talk about new trade deals, free trade, investment, lower taxes and lighter regulation. Can … Continue reading

Posted in General, Myths, Road signs, Views from abroad | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 35 Comments

How the UK created a measurement muddle

The series of four articles on the outcome of the EU referendum continues with a look at how the current measurement muddle came about. Likes(3)Dislikes(0)

Posted in Consumer affairs, Education, General, History, Law, Road signs | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The link between muddled units and verbose traffic signs

Successive UK governments have retained imperial units exclusively for distance and speed on road traffic signs. Ronnie Cohen argues that, as a result, we have been unable to take advantage of universal unit symbols, a feature of the metric system … Continue reading

Posted in General, Road signs, Transport | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

British drivers face a continuing sign muddle

With the end in prospect for road traffic signs showing imperial-only vehicle dimensions, Ronnie Cohen takes a look at the current muddle. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

Posted in Consumer affairs, Road signs, Transport, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments

Progress at last on vehicle dimension signs

The 2016 traffic sign regulations banning new imperial-only vehicle dimension signs were laid before Parliament on 23 March 2016 and came into force on 22 April. Ronnie Cohen looks at the chequered history of this commonsense reform. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

Posted in Road signs, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

An insight into recent thinking at the DfT

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. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

Posted in Road signs, Transport | Tagged , , , , , | 10 Comments

The curse of conversion factors

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. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

Posted in Consumer affairs, Education, General, Media, Road signs, Technical | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 29 Comments

The battle for measurement supremacy

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Consumer affairs, General, Road signs, Transport, Uncategorized, Views from abroad | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 42 Comments

Review of The Official Highway Code 2015 Edition

Ronnie Cohen reviews the 2015 Edition of the The Official Highway Code to comment on what has changed since the last edition and what has remained the same. Likes(1)Dislikes(0)

Posted in Law, Road signs, Technical, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

The Worboys Committee Report revisited

Ronnie Cohen looks back at the 1963 Worboys Committee report and reviews how well the current version of the TSRGD addresses the main criticisms of the earlier traffic signs system and the Committee’s findings and recommendations. He suggests ways that … Continue reading

Posted in History, Road signs, Technical, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments