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Apparently, when it comes to measurement usage, confusion reigns at the DfT. Let's hope they don't go out and measure "yard" signs to see how metric their placement is, then find one that isn't and from it claim none are. In general, only the latest official printed version of the Highway Code should be used but in legal proceedings, whether civil or criminal, the version current at the time of the incident would apply. I experienced the same when I was handling 'grey' imports from Japan. This is also the only section in the booklet that also gives conversions in car lengths based on a notional average car length of 4 metres. Highway Code. The Highway Code is a set of information, advice, guides and mandatory rules for all road users in the United Kingdom.
This review includes comments on the use of measurement units within the guide and how they relate to official traffic signs.
The previous edition of The Official Highway Code was published in My overall impression of The Official Highway Code is that it is printed on high quality paper, contains excellent colourful graphics and makes good use of sections, paragraphs, headings, fonts, bold text and colour. It is thinner than the last edition because it uses thinner paper, the kind of paper used for some good-quality magazines.
Not a great deal. Here I summarise all the important changes I could find compared to the previous edition of the Code. Some changes reflect devolution of some transport issues and it was essential that drivers know where rules differ between parts of the United Kingdom.
Anyone driving to Scotland must know about them. On page 30, the vastly expanded section on alcohol and drugs is welcome. The information on drugs includes both illegal drugs and medicines. On page 40, there are two rows that show different speed limits for goods vehicles with a laden weight exceeding 7.
These changes are clear, concise and well-structured. There was one change where I found a mistake. This appears in a guide published in ! Most places in the booklet express speeds in miles per hour followed by kilometres per hour in brackets.
However, there are several exceptions. No metric conversions are shown in descriptions of any imperial speed and distance signs in the Traffic Signs section pages Most references to short distances use metres followed by feet in brackets.
However, there are numerous exceptions and inconsistencies. The Vision section about ability to read number plates in good daylight expresses the reading distance in metres only.
The next section expresses height in metres followed by feet and inches in brackets. The Speed Limits table shows speed limits for buses, coaches and minibuses not exceeding 12 metres in overall length. Again, no imperial conversion is given. Also, only metres are used for vehicle and overhang lengths in Vehicle Markings section page However, the DfT does not allow any metric-only vehicle length dimension sign unless it is accompanied by an imperial vehicle length dimension sign.
However, the DfT allows imperial-only vehicle dimension signs with no metric equivalent. The section on Typical Stopping Distances uses metres and feet.
This is also the only section in the booklet that also gives conversions in car lengths based on a notional average car length of 4 metres.
No imperial conversion is given there. All short distances in the booklet are given in metres, feet or both. However, neither of these measurement units are authorised on distance signs, which must be expressed in yards, miles and fractions or a mile. However, the DfT does not allow metric vehicle height signs without an imperial one alongside them but allows imperial vehicle height signs to appear alone.
They also allow dual height signs. The overhead electric cable warning sign shown on page is in feet and inches only.
The measurement anomalies in the latest edition of The Official Highway Code remain. Clearly, there is a lack of joined-up thinking at the DfT on measurement units. Apparently, when it comes to measurement usage, confusion reigns at the DfT.
The Highway Code makes it clear that readers and hence road users MUST have to know both imperial and metric measures. In which case, why bother with imperial? It is redundant, as well as potentially confusing to have to read two sets of measurements in one section, imperial-only in another, metric-only somewhere else - and for what purpose? Time to get rid of the imperial for good. Interestingly, when Canada and Australia converted their roads to metric units, few people back then had been educated in school on the metric system, yet we all coped, and coped very easily and well.
Today in the UK, people have been educated in metric units for 40 years, the HC assumes they know metric, and so conversion should be a doddle. So what's holding us back? A rhetorical question I know. Daniel I don't think metric signs are illegal as the www. Readers may like to see my post word limited to the your letters page of a local south east England newspaper -.
On the spot fines, paid of course with metric money need to be collected at the roadside or ports before they leave the country. I have to say the above short letter has yet to be published. There appears to be a reluctance by the mainstream press to publish pro metric articles or metric information. It seems more the case that all the relevant laws state that, as far as roads are concerned anyway, only signs in TSRGD can be used unless an exception is sought from the relevant minister; where metric-only signs appear in that it is usually with a disclaimer that states that it may only be used in conjunction with an identical sign with imperial units.
It is a pity that this booklet was published when a new version of the TSRGD Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions was awaiting publication as many of the illustrations refer to version of the TSRGD maximum lengths of vehicles in feet only, the use of "T" for tonnes and many other points that Ronnie has pointed out. For the record, the TSRGD is a statutory instrument which will be "laid upon the table" in Parliament for a specified period. If no-one forces a debate, it will become law without debate.
Daniel says: Probably not. I presume this is not new, and would suggest that metric speed limit signs on roads in UK are de-facto, not illegal! Now we have also metric height, width and length signs on public UK roads. Some or many? As of Oct the UK rail network started metric conversion http: So, far from metric being illegal "in public view", or whatever, it is very much a de-facto practice.
Laws of England as I understand them, are mostly based on what is considered normal and reasonable by a jury of 13 individuals.
This leaves me totally perplexed as to how ARM can ever claim them to be illegal, even more how they can claim this to have been legally proven, and how DfT can claim that metric signs are not permitted. AIUI, the regulations say what the units for each individual road sign type must be, and not what they must not be.
For most signs where units are involved, the units are required to be specific imperial units only. The older the vehicle, the less stringent the safety checks, which obviously includes emissions. So what else is new in the UK? I experienced the same when I was handling 'grey' imports from Japan. Over 10 years old and only the MOT applied. Under 10 years and an enhanced and more expensive test applied. So I had to get the speedometer re-calibrated to mph.
Even though you didn't answer my question as I asked it with a word for word stating of the supposed law, you did make it clear that metric units are in no way illegal on signs. A law that states "must be" does not in any way exclude other units. If it didn't meant to include other units then it would have to include the word "only" as in "must only be".
Without the word "only" it can be interpreted that dual signs are perfectly legal. The Great Britain version, available in English and Welsh, applies to England , Scotland and Wales , but regional specific signs such as driver location signs in England or bilingual signs in Scotland and Wales are not covered. The origins of the code can be traced back to when the Departmental Committee on the Regulation of Motor Vehicles announced that "a compulsory and uniform code of signals for all road vehicles is to be brought into operation".
The code allowed the driver to use either their own arm or a dummy arm - which had obvious benefits in wet weather if you had the luxury of an enclosed cab, or where the steering position was on the left hand side, as in imported American cars.
The intention to bring in the compulsory code was delayed and in successive years the code was expanded including whip signals for horse drawn vehicles, and signals made by policemen controlling junctions. In a booklet costing one penny was published by the Stationery Office and approved by the Home Office and Scottish Office entitled "Traffic Signals to be used by the Police and Drivers of Vehicles", this booklet arose from discussions between the Police and the Automobile Association.
The introduction of the Highway Code was one of the provisions of the wide reaching Road Traffic Act introduced in late , passed into law in Costing one penny , the first edition of the Highway Code was published on 14 April It contained just 18 pages of advice, including the arm signals to be given by drivers and police officers controlling traffic.
The second edition, considerably expanded, appeared in , and now illustrated road signs for the first time. During its preparation the Ministry of Transport consulted with the Pedestrians Association.
Motorway driving was included in the fifth edition.
The sixth edition, in , used photographs as well as drawings for the first time, and also updated the illustrations of road signs to take the new 'continental' designs into account.
The page edition introduced the Green Cross Code for pedestrians and orange badges for less able drivers. The format was changed to a 'taller' size in the s, and the Code caught up with developments in social media in , when it joined Twitter and Facebook.
A Highway Code app followed in In these cases, the rules also include references to the corresponding legislation. Offenders may be cautioned, given licence penalty points, fined, banned from driving, or imprisoned, depending on the severity of the offence.
Although failure to comply with the other rules would not, in itself, cause a person to be prosecuted, the Highway Code may be used in court under the Road Traffic Act to establish liability. In general, only the latest official printed version of the Highway Code should be used but in legal proceedings, whether civil or criminal, the version current at the time of the incident would apply.
The Road Traffic Act states:. A failure on the part of a person to observe a provision of The Highway Code shall not of itself render that person liable to criminal proceedings of any kind but any such failure may in any proceedings whether civil or criminal, and including proceedings for an offence under the Traffic Acts, the [ c. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Highway Code.
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