Category Archives: Transport

British drivers’ exposure to metres

Ronnie Cohen takes a look at some of the ways in which British  drivers are exposed to metric measures. Metric Views would be interested hear of readers’ experiences, though it is not possible, unfortunately, to post photos with your comments. Likes(48)Dislikes(5)

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Metrication timeline for British road signs

In response to one of his enquiries, the UK Department for Transport (DfT) has provided Ronnie Cohen  with an account of recent progress on the introduction of metric signs on UK roads. Likes(34)Dislikes(0)

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DfT expects drivers to be familiar with metres and that’s official

Ronnie Cohen reports on his recent correspondence with the UK Department for Transport (DfT). Likes(46)Dislikes(0)

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New insights into DfT thinking in recent years

In this article, Ronnie Cohen passes on information he has recently received from the Department for Transport (DfT). Likes(33)Dislikes(0)

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Strange ideas about budgets at the DfT

Ronnie Cohen comments on the way the UK Department for Transport (DfT) struggles to maintain a consistent approach to spending. Likes(31)Dislikes(2)

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No flight information please – we’re British

Ronnie Cohen wonders why at least one budget airline flying from the UK targets its flight information at continental and American passengers. Likes(33)Dislikes(0)

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Imperial on the surface, metric beneath

Following on from his article about the far-reaching influence of the measurement units used on road traffic signs, Ronnie Cohen now takes a look at the signs themselves and the roads they complement. Likes(19)Dislikes(0)

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The influence of traffic signs goes way beyond transport

During the past few weeks, there have been many news stories about the removal or modification of certain metric traffic signs by an elderly gent from Huntingdon and his friends. Their inability to see beyond the narrow remit they have set themselves has … Continue reading

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Could London bus accident have been prevented?

This weekend we heard the sad news that 26 people were injured when a double-deck bus hit a low bridge in Tottenham, north London. But could this accident have been prevented? Likes(31)Dislikes(16)

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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

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