Category Archives: Transport

Vehicle fuel consumption – another muddle

We look at vehicle fuel and energy consumption, and put some questions to owners of hybrid cars. Likes(13)Dislikes(7)

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London speed limits make front page news

Ronnie Cohen, one of our regular contributors, wonders why it  will be easy to find the cash to reduce speed limits in London but has been impossible to convert them to metric. Likes(20)Dislikes(14)

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Metric Underground

We note the latest contract for the renewal of London Transport’s Underground fleet. Likes(13)Dislikes(2)

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Road traffic signs mark a soft border

The Irish Border has appeared frequently in the news as a major obstacle to a withdrawal agreement between the UK and the remaining 27 EU member states. In this article, Ronnie Cohen looks at a ‘soft’ characteristic of the current … Continue reading

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A lesson from Sweden

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 … Continue reading

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The DfT’s duplicated reports

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. Likes(42)Dislikes(24)

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A wrong turning that led British Leyland to a dead end

We reprint an article that was first published ten years ago and illustrates the risks of using a mix of metric and Imperial measures. Likes(41)Dislikes(34)

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Lack of co-ordination between DfT publications

This week, Ronnie Cohen looks at a problem faced by the UK Department of Transport (DfT) resulting from the our two-system measurement muddle. With continuing staffing cuts in Civil Service and the diversion of effort to deal with Brexit, it … Continue reading

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DfT myths and reality

Over the years, the UK Department for Transport (DfT) has come up with many arguments in support of successive Transport Ministers’ reluctance to convert UK road traffic signs from an outdated and poorly understood system of measurement to one that is simple, logical and … Continue reading

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DfT has done no cost-benefit analysis on metrication of road signs

Ronnie Cohen draws some conclusions from a recent Freedom of Information (FoI) request that he made to the UK Department for Transport (DfT). Likes(48)Dislikes(6)

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