East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight has called for the scrapping of the existing practice of abandoning summertime in October and has urged the government to move Britain’s time zone forward by one hour.
Sir Greg’s calls are backed by road safety campaigners, Tourism bosses, the Football Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Lawn Tennis Association and The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.
Sir Greg says the change would, “greatly help tourism in East Yorkshire and elsewhere, as well as reduce accidents”.
Explaining the benefits of staying on summertime, Sir Greg said, “In the mornings, most road journeys are predictable – people are driving to work or taking children to school. Most people are fresh and alert at the beginning of the day and if, for a couple of months a year, the first journey of the day was partly in darkness, it would still be safer than the present situation where for over three months of the year, afternoon and early evening journeys are carried out after dark.
“Journeys undertaken at the end of the day are less predictable – on the way back from school, parents sometimes go shopping, or on the way home from work, some people may decide to go to a restaurant or go and visit friends”.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents agrees with Sir Greg’s analysis. They say that over 300 accidents a year would be avoided if the clocks were put forward by one hour.
Sir Greg, who has been campaigning on the issue for some years says he will cotinine to press for change. “I am disappointed that the Government has not been willing to undertake a trial this year of lighter days” said Sir Greg.