Metric signs ahead

Have you ever tried to work out petrol consumption when fuel is sold in litres but signposts give distances in miles? Do you wonder why your car handbook shows dimensions in millimetres while road signs use feet and inches? Why are maps created using metric units but metric distances are forbidden on British traffic signs? How have Australia, Canada and Ireland successfully converted their roads from imperial to metric? Why has Britain failed to do this? Why are we in this mess? and whose fault is it? Is it the Brussels Bureaucrats? Or does the blame belong nearer home – with successive British Governments? Above all, what can be done about it?

Solving Britains road sign mess would benefit:

  • Motorists
  • Road contractors
  • Hikers and cyclists
  • Safety
  • International trade and tourism

Metric Signs Ahead

by Robin Paice
ISBN 978-0-9552351-0-8
Paperback, 60 pages
210 x 297 mm

“Metric signs ahead” looks at the great anomaly of British road signs and
speed limits. While much of Britain – including motor manufacturers, road
contractors and map-makers – has adopted the modern metric system, roads
are still marked in awkward and ancient units.

This report provides:

  • An analysis of current measurement confusion on Britain’s roads
  • Explanation of why using one modern system of units would benefit
    motorists, road contractors and safety
  • A summary of how a changeover to metric could be made efficiently,
    rapidly and safely
  • Estimates of the costs of conversion
  • Full colour illustrations

For more information about the report please read the synopsis or preview, or download the complete publication (60 pages) as a pdf.