The Weights and Measures Etc Act, 1976 removes the last major legal impediment to the orderly completion of metrication in the United Kingdom. The proviso in the Weights and Measures Act, 1963 preventing the removal of imperial weights and measures from the schedule of the units lawful for use for trade in favour of metric units, has been repealed.
The Government can now:
Parliament has passed the Weights and Measures etc Act, 1976.
Now Government, manufacturers, retailers, consumer organizations and the Metrication Board are getting together to plan the final stages of the metric changeover.
This new Act paves the way for Government through Parliament to see that imperial weights and measures are not used in trade side by side with metric for too long.
Given that the change is inevitable, organizations representing shoppers and shop keepers believe that the period of overlap should be as short as practicable.
It is well to recall that is precisely how metric was introduced in most countries, of which a partial list follows:
The history of metric has been the same all over. First the sales pitch spreading the Great Metric Lie, then when that fails, resort to compulsion backed by fines and jail sentences.
And even then older weights and measures persist all over, many quite similar to ours.