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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2016-07-23T16:35:46Z
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Imperial holdouts in the UK in 2016

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 17:35
Who is still stubbornly clinging on to imperial units in the UK in 2016?  Metric views takes stock. There has been much talk in recent weeks of the UK becoming more “outward looking”, more open to the world. A new Secretary … Continue reading → 1

The Ins and Outs of Government

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 20:24
We take a metric view of the changes around the Cabinet table. OUT. David Cameron. He said this on Newsnight on BBC2 in 2014 when asked which units he preferred: “I think I’d still go for pounds and ounces, yes … Continue reading → 2

Why can’t weights and measures be left to the free market?

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 13:05
There have been recent reports in the press a butcher in Devon has started to sell meat in pounds and ounces after the UK had voted to leave the EU in a national referendum on 23 June 2016. This butcher … Continue reading → 3

Where does Brexit leave metrication?

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 22:03
On 23 June 2013, the British people voted to leave the European Union. After all 382 voting areas of the UK declared their results, Leave had a total of 17 410 742 votes (52% of the total vote) and Remain a … Continue reading → 0

Pronunciation matters

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:34
SI is the international standard of measurement, understood around the globe. But its value in communication can be reduced by variations in the way it is both spoken and written. Recently, Ronnie Cohen contacted the Canadian Metric Association to get … Continue reading → 0

Metrication not an issue in EU referendum

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:11
Many issues have been raised in the referendum campaign. The UK measurement muddle has not been one of them. Ronnie Cohen comments on the campaign so far. In March, shortly after the date had been announced for the referendum to decide … Continue reading → 2

New edition of SI brochure

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 17:46
One of our readers has drawn attention to the recent issue for a comment of a revised edition of the SI brochure. He writes: “The draft 9th edition of the SI brochure is available at: http://www.bipm.org/en/measurement-units/new-si/#communication Some of you may … Continue reading → 0

The link between muddled units and verbose traffic signs

Sat, 06/04/2016 - 00:37
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 → 0

An American perspective on the US metric transition

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 12:49
Earlier this year, Ronnie Cohen contacted the US Metric Association (USMA) to get information about the current situation in the USA regarding its transition to the metric system. Paul Trusten, Registered Pharmacist and Vice President and Public Relations Director of USMA, responded. … Continue reading → 0

Perspectives on Canada’s metric transition

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 16:07
Following earlier discussion on Metric Views, we take a look at the current position on the metric changeover in Canada. Earlier this year, Ronnie Cohen contacted John Bailes, the President of the Canadian Metric Association to ask for information about … Continue reading → 0

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