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

Metric Views - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 22:25
Ronnie Cohen draws some conclusions from a recent Freedom of Information (FoI) request that he made to the UK Department for Transport (DfT). On 19 February 2017, I made the following FOI request to the DfT: “I would like to … Continue reading → 0

British drivers’ exposure to metres

Metric Views - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 21:46
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. Despite … Continue reading → 0

Do we sacrifice consistency and clarity for the sake of convention?

Metric Views - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:01
We are familiar with size numbers for shoes, hats, dresses and so on. Ronnie Cohen looks at the convention for screen sizes based on inches and asks if this really makes sense. I recently came across an article with the title … Continue reading → 0

Does metric-only labelling require changes to package sizes?

Metric Views - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 00:13
An argument made against metric-only labelling in the US is that manufacturers would need to change packaging to rational metric sizes. Ronnie Cohen looks at the UK’s experience over the past 50 years. The need to change package sizes is sometimes seen … Continue reading → 0

Straight bananas and the metric system – the EU legacy?

Metric Views - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 00:21
With Brexit still dominating the news, Ronnie Cohen looks at one of the biggest obstacles to completing our transition to the metric system: its perceived link to the European Union. Opposition to metrication has become an article of faith among almost all … Continue reading → 0

Metrication timeline for British road signs

Metric Views - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 11:30
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. I recently asked how the DfT how it decides … Continue reading → 0

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

Metric Views - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 11:27
Ronnie Cohen reports on his recent correspondence with the UK Department for Transport (DfT). I recently asked the DfT what measurement units they expect drivers on British roads to be familiar with. It responded (ref. GT51/2/2/F0014554), saying “The answer to your … Continue reading → 0

MOTD writes metric but speaks imperial

Metric Views - Thu, 06/08/2017 - 08:26
At last, the General Election campaign is over. And now, as we wait for the results,  Ronnie Cohen looks at something completely different: Match of the Day. Or is it? For those of you not familiar with football, Match of the … Continue reading → 1

Pint-sized beer and cider in British shops

Metric Views - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 13:18
Ronnie Cohen takes a look at the beer and cider on sale in his local shops and supermarket. While the vast majority of beer and cider cans and bottles are sold in rational metric sizes, there are a few that are … Continue reading → 0

New insights into DfT thinking in recent years

Metric Views - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 13:32
In this article, Ronnie Cohen passes on information he has recently received from the Department for Transport (DfT). In April 2017, I received a response to an FOI request that included a document called “170411-Annex A”. This document contains internal … Continue reading → 0

The American Influence on Canada’s Metrication

Metric Views - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 09:17
John Frewen-Lord, a frequent contributor to Metric Views, has just returned from one of his regular trips to Canada. He gives us his thoughts. It is well known that metrication in Canada is in as much of a muddle as … Continue reading → 0

A Dickensian surprise

Metric Views - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 23:59
Charles Dickens is enduringly popular for his memorable characters and his portrayal of the social evils of Victorian England. One of our regular readers, Martin Vlietstra, draws attention to an unexpected contribution he made to Britain’s long-running metrication debate. Charles … Continue reading → 0

Strange ideas about budgets at the DfT

Metric Views - Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:09
Ronnie Cohen comments on the way the UK Department for Transport (DfT) struggles to maintain a consistent approach to spending. I recently asked the DfT how much money will be diverted from high priority areas and a breakdown of high priority … Continue reading → 0
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