Why do they use miles instead of kilometres in the UK?

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  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    3 months ago
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    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

  • zipper
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    That is news to me! As far as I know the only World Power that uses miles now is the USA!

  • F
    Lv 7
    3 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.

  • 3 months ago

    Because aside from that failed sh*thole state called the US, the world uses metric.

    Deal with it.

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    The real reason is exactly the same as why America hasn't gone metric..arrogance, because the French invented it..

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Because Anglos want to be special.

    Some unitedkingdomese people will even deny that UK is geographically part of Europe

  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    3 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.

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    We use Both because a 2 x 4 is easier to write down

    than 50 x 100

  • hihi!
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    ...and 3280.8 feet in a kilometer!!

  • 3 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.

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