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Straight bananas and the metric system – the EU legacy?

5 July, 2017 - 19:21
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 →
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Metrication timeline for British road signs

29 June, 2017 - 06:30
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 →
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DfT expects drivers to be familiar with metres and that’s official

22 June, 2017 - 06:27
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 →
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MOTD writes metric but speaks imperial

8 June, 2017 - 03:26
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 →
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Pint-sized beer and cider in British shops

1 June, 2017 - 08:18
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 →
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New insights into DfT thinking in recent years

27 May, 2017 - 08:32
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 →
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The American Influence on Canada’s Metrication

18 May, 2017 - 04:17
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 →
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