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Miles versus KMs. Why do we persist with miles?

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Posted 13th October 2012 at 12:16PM
Britain has three derogations from the EU over adopting SI units - the Pint for beer and milk, carats for precious stones and miles for road distances.

The idea behind standardising measures around the world is to make doing business and working across borders easier. We can more easily transact and exchange goods if we all agree on standards of measurement. The rest of the world bar the UK and the US have made the move from their various different systems into the metric system. Why is the UK obstinate? is there something particular about our character that prevents us making the move?

The main reasons I can see to keep the mile appear to be because of laziness and some kind of traditionalism where our ancestors apparently did it this way so we must to. We don't want to change because we are comfortable and the change would be a little painful for a while until we adjusted.

A little pain for a lot of gain.
Miles versus KMs. Why do we persist with miles?

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13th October 2012 at 10:03PM
This argument is not really made out. Why must all conform to one particular unit of measurement? I have not seen any marked impact on doing business with other countries. Plus the UK doesm't like change for change's sake.
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11th November 2012 at 4:07PM
Why should the UK fall in line, I spend many months overseas, I dont have any problems converting any of the things you mentioned...and am sure many other people dont.
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28th November 2012 at 9:00PM
the cost of changing all the road signs would be prohibitive,and it would have to be every one in the uk.and all done on the same day or no-one would know what speed they were supposed to stick to.
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11th March 2013 at 4:25PM
Why conform to other countries ideas of things,we like pints,yards feet and inches,pints,lbs and ounces,because it's British.

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