10:10 Lighter Later?

On Monday afternoon I attended a conference run by the 10:10 Lighter Later Campaign and supported by PACTS (the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety). This group aims to change British clocks to GMT+1 in the winter, and GMT+2 in the summer to bring us in line with most other central European countries. They argue that the change would bring about many social, environmental, economic and health benefits. PACTS have also calculated that this change would reduce the number of people killed and injured on our roads during the winter months.

We all know that it starts to get dark depressingly early in winter, but this lack of sunlight can also have serious road safety implications. With the rush hour and evening school run taking place while the sun is setting, drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and school children find themselves travelling in increasingly hazardous conditions. There is evidence to show that when clocks are put back to GMT in October and the rush hour takes place when it’s darker, the number of people killed or seriously injured on the road increases.

In addition to the road safety benefits of the Lighter Later Campaign, they also argued that carbon emissions could be reduced, local economies could be improved and important issues such as obesity and climate change could be tackled more effectively. On top of this we would be getting more sunlight in the evenings so things wouldn’t seem quite so bad in those long winter months!

What do you think about this idea? Do you think it would improve road safety? Or would you rather see us stick to the clocks as they are?

5 responses to “10:10 Lighter Later?

  1. On budget day, is this really the most important thing you have to talk about to your constituents?

    I’m glad you’re asking our opinion (I’m in favour of a trial to see what actually happens), but can’t help think that there’s something slightly off kilter in priorities.

  2. Not one of your constituents but I whole heartedly agree with the switch to CET.

  3. Sam – bear in mind that this post was done this morning, before the Budget. I will be blogging about the Budget, but it will probably be tomorrow.

  4. Yes of course – I know those in Scotland will protest but for the vast majority this is completely the right thing to do.Whilst we are at it can Road tax be abolished and the cost added to fuel prices at the pumps – by all means replace the disc with one that shows the car is insured/MOTed ……… policed by the DVLC

  5. Still no mention of the budget. Could it be that you are “ashamed” of what you have signed up to?

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