With the clocks moving forward this Sunday (25 March) Brake and GEM Motoring Assist are calling on the Government to make it ‘Lighter Later’ all year round.
Brake says this would mean fewer daylight hours ‘wasted’ during early morning when most people are asleep, and reduced danger to pedestrians and cyclists through the winter months.
The Lighter Later campaign had been gathering momentum over the past year, with 26,300 people having written to their MP in support. However, in January, the Daylight Saving Bill, which would have compelled the Government to review and act upon the evidence on the impact of changing the clocks, was ‘timed out’ in the Commons.
The Bill had the support of more than 90 organisations and 120 MPs who all voted to pass the motion; just 10 attending MPs were against, but the session ran out of time before the motion could be passed.
GEM and Brake are calling on more members of the public to sign up in support of the campaign at ‘www.lighterlater.org’, to keep up pressure on the Government.
Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, said: “Brake is urging the Government to put the clocks forward by an hour throughout the year, to make the evenings lighter and our communities safer, happier places.
“We waste too much precious daylight when most of us are asleep. Changing the clocks would mean it stays lighter later in the day, so we have more daylight when most people are awake. The effect would be safer roads in the afternoons and evenings, when many are walking and cycling home from school or work and need to be seen by drivers.
“The change would also promote healthier lifestyles and stronger communities as it would encourage more people to get out and about on foot and bicycle.”
David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, said: “We were bitterly disappointed by the outcome of the Daylight Saving Bill earlier this year. However, we continue to show our unwavering support for the Lighter Later campaign, particularly as May approaches; a time when the campaign has another chance to be put forward to Parliament.
“However, the campaign needs as much backing as possible, so we urge road users, businesses, campaigners and MPs to help push it forward. Knowing that we can act now to reduce road accident rates, which continue to rise each autumn directly after the clocks go back, is a key reason to support the campaign. Introducing lighter evenings throughout the year will make our roads a safer place by increasing visibility and, in turn, help to reduce the dangers to pedestrians, cyclists and motorists alike.”