An extra hour of daylight in the evening ‘could prevent many road deaths’

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (Rospa) is calling for another chance to prove the road safety benefits of a system to bring lighter evenings all year round.

The government conducted a three-year experiment from 1968 to 1971 when the clocks were set to British Summer Time (Greenwich Mean Time plus one hour) all year round.

Although studies revealed there were fewer deaths and serious injuries on the roads during the trial parliament decided to revert to the previous arrangements – following GMT from October to March and BST from March to October.

RoSPA is highlighting the fact that the last study showed that 450 deaths and serious injuries could be prevented each year if the UK again changes the way it keeps time – but in a slightly different way to that tried in the experiment conducted 40 years ago.

Under the plan there would be lighter evenings all year because the clocks would always be ahead of GMT by one hour in the winter and two hours in the summer.

Written by James Christie

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