Category Archives: Transport

Muddled measures in car brochures

One of the last bastions of imperial units is our road network and hence car manufacturers’ marketing campaigns. Ronnie Cohen has been looking at some their promotional material. Likes(12)Dislikes(0)

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M-days in Australia

UKMA has recently acquired two pamphlets from the 1970s Australian metric conversion programme. One about the switchover to metric units for weather reports, and one about the switchover for motoring. Likes(18)Dislikes(1)

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Metric reminders for your holiday

As we approach the summer holiday season, Ronnie Cohen looks at the familiar metric units that we are likely to encounter wherever we go on holiday. And, yes, that includes the USA, although its exceptionalism is likely to provide us with a few problems. … Continue reading

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Vehicle fuel consumption – another muddle

We look at vehicle fuel and energy consumption, and put some questions to owners of hybrid cars. Likes(25)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(31)Dislikes(14)

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Metric Underground

We note the latest contract for the renewal of London Transport’s Underground fleet. Likes(23)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(49)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(49)Dislikes(34)

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