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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2016-04-29T21:51:32Z
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British drivers face a continuing sign muddle

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:51
With the end in prospect for road traffic signs showing imperial-only vehicle dimensions, Ronnie Cohen takes a look at the current muddle. A Minister of Transport once claimed that “drivers who have not received metric education at school would be … Continue reading → 0

Progress at last on vehicle dimension signs

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 22:15
The 2016 traffic sign regulations banning new imperial-only vehicle dimension signs were laid before Parliament on 23 March and come into force today, 22 April. Ronnie Cohen looks at the chequered history of this commonsense reform. The replacement of imperial-only … Continue reading → 0

An insight into recent thinking at the DfT

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 22:08
We look at some internal correspondence at the UK Department for Transport (DfT) on the subject of the removing the obligation to fix a date for the conversion of road traffic signs to metric measurements. In January 2016, Ronnie Cohen … Continue reading → 0

EU in or out: metric either way

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 00:02
In February, the Prime Minister confirmed the date of the referendum which will decide whether the United Kingdom remains in or leaves the European Union (EU). The referendum will take place on 23 June 2016. In this article, Ronnie Cohen … Continue reading → 8

Notable anniversaries in the last hold-out of irrational measures

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 19:34
The following article appeared in March/April 2016 edition of Metric Today, the newsletter of the US Metric Association (USMA). It is being re-posted with USMA’s permission. USMA and Metric Today anniversaries The USMA newsletter, Metric Today, was first published in … Continue reading → 0

There may be hope for us yet

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 15:09
Metric Views has come across a personal view on the use of the metric system in Germany that may surprise some of our readers. Ken Alder, in his book,”The measure of all things”, has this to say about the adoption … Continue reading → 1

The curse of conversion factors

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 22:17
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. Since 2010, although the use of supplementary indications has been permitted indefinitely, only six imperial units have … Continue reading → 0

The battle for measurement supremacy

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 16:58
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 → 2

OECD report highlights problems with numeracy in England

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 13:03
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has recently published a report entitled “Building Skills for All: A Review of England”, part of the OECD Skills Studies series of reports. Ronnie Cohen considers its findings. The report compares basic … Continue reading → 0

Pocket World in Figures: A common booklet for a global readership

Wed, 01/27/2016 - 23:44
In this article, Ronnie Cohen writes about a UK publication involving measurement that is aimed at a global readership. This year, The Economist has published the 25th edition of the annual Pocket World in Figures booklet. The 2016 edition is full … Continue reading → 0

Review of The Official Highway Code 2015 Edition

Mon, 01/18/2016 - 14:55
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. This review includes comments on the use of measurement units within the … Continue reading → 0