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Fresh calls for a switch to metric road signs


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Personally speaking, anything likely to both confuse and annoy Murph can only be a good thing.


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Call for metric road sign switch


Campaigners hope metric signs will be in place for the 2012 Olympics


Britain should set an early date for converting its road signs from miles to kilometres, a report by the UK Metric Association says.


The imperial signs are a "confusing" exception as most of the UK officially operates in metric measures, it claims.


It says conversion would make it easier to calculate fuel consumption and enable more finely tuned speed limits.


However, the government insists it has no plans to make the switch, which would be a "waste of taxpayers' money".


The UKMA says conversion of road signs was originally intended as part of metrification when it started in 1965 and should have been completed by 1973.


But it was put on hold in 1970 and never restarted.


Irish example


UKMA chairman Robin Paice said: "The Irish have shown how easily, safely, and economically it can be done. The British government should just get on with it."


Ex-Labour leader Lord Kinnock, who is backing the report, says the UK's imperial signs contradict its modern image.


In an introduction to the report, he says: "Our imperial road signs are perhaps the most obvious example of the muddle of measurement units in the United Kingdom.


"They contradict the image - and the reality - of our country as a modern, multicultural, dynamic place where the past is valued and respected and the future is approached with creativity and confidence."


He said the conversion could be completed in time for the 2012 Olympics if the report's recommendations were followed.


But the AA Motoring Trust said a "key flaw" in any planned conversion lay in the fact that car speedometers still mainly measured miles per hour.


Paul Watters, head of roads and transport policy at the trust, said: "A move to make UK road signs metric will take far longer than five years.


"Any precipitous changeover will create confusion, danger and anger, particularly where misunderstanding leads to prosecution for road traffic offences, such as speeding."


The trust said a solution could be to have signs showing both measurements during a transition period of a number of years.


A spokeswoman for the Department of Transport said it had "absolutely no plans" to change the signs - a move which she said would cost several million pounds.

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i think the point is at the end of a eurocrats dagger stuck firmly in murphs back


Any sharp object would be appreciated, that's for sure.


if everyone just remembered that a kilometre is 5/8 of a mile, there'd be no need to change the signs.

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I think we should rename them the Score and Dozen Olympics and tell Kinnock to F*ck off!


Anything suggested by that two-time loser Kinnock deserves all the derision it gets.

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there's a fella round our way that makes his own additions to signs and all of them say Duckboy and then give an approximate distance to where Duckboy lives from the sign



First the stories about the wierd kids at your school....and now this :unsure:

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it's yet another nail in the coffin of the great british independence. first it was camembert, then stella artois, then volkswagen, one by one our great british traditions are being chiselled away.

Did you know as part of war reparations after WWII, Britain was offered VW and the already designed beetle - and turned it down. 'No-one will ever buy an ugly car like that' said Lord Beaverbrook...Gawd bless 'im....t**.


KMPH would be good - annoy Murph and other silly buggers and stop European Lorry Drivers having accidents on the A2/M2 as they leave Dover.

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