Why do they use miles instead of kilometres in the UK?
- MaxiLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
Same reason the UK didn't change to Euros, because the British public were/are very reluctant to metrication..... In 1863, a bill which would have mandated the use of the metric system throughout the British Empire, and which had passed its first and second readings in the House of Commons, was rejected at its Commons Committee stage as impractical, and so did not pass into law..and it took until the 1960s before it moved forward and the late 70s before this policy initiated in response to requests from industry, was to support voluntary metrication, with costs picked up where they fell.......even now with grams/kilos used in weight you will still hear people in shops asking for quarter or half a lb of ham not 100 grams etc......... the cost in road signs alone would be horrendous, in changing all the vehicles
- zipperLv 72 months ago
That is news to me! As far as I know the only World Power that uses miles now is the USA!
- ?Lv 72 months ago
Because we have only partially gone metric.
We buy food in kg , draught beer in pints but canned or bottled in ml. We use Fahrenheit when it’s hot and Celsius when it’s cold.
Rugby pitches are measured in metres but football and cricket in yards.
Road distances and speed limits are all in miles, unlike Ireland where you get a mixture.
- ANDRE LLv 72 months ago
Because aside from that failed sh*thole state called the US, the world uses metric.
Deal with it.
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- Anonymous2 months ago
The real reason is exactly the same as why America hasn't gone metric..arrogance, because the French invented it..
- ZirpLv 72 months ago
Because Anglos want to be special.
Some unitedkingdomese people will even deny that UK is geographically part of Europe
- TavyLv 72 months ago
Because we Brits did not want metrication, so we have a mixture. And Uncle Pennybags is wrong NO kilometres on road signs here.
- Anonymous2 months ago
We use Both because a 2 x 4 is easier to write down
than 50 x 100
- hihi!Lv 72 months ago
...and 3280.8 feet in a kilometer!!
- Rona LachatLv 72 months ago
They do because they have been using miles for a thousand years.
Last updated about 1870
Most have found that unless you race horses or farm not much use for hands, rods, furlongs (660 feet), chains, links and assorted other archaic measurements.
Cost too much to change all the signs and maps.