The IAM is calling for an end of British summer time, citing research which shows that changing the system could save up to 80 lives each year on Britain’s roads.
An IAM poll of more than 2,000 motorists – conducted during last winter – found that 65% would support a double summertime system, moving the clocks forward by one hour throughout the entire year, while still putting the clocks forward in spring and back in autumn.
The IAM refers to DfT statistics which shows that there are 17% more pedestrian road casualties in November than the monthly average. This sharp increase is likely to be partly attributed to the winter clock change, says the IAM.
The IAM also highlights research which demonstrates that the number of motorcycle accidents in November is 41.8% higher than the normal monthly average and 73% higher than in February.
Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “Changing the current summertime system would save lives. Children especially are more likely to be out and about after school and an extra hour of daylight will make them more visible.
“We want to see a three-year trial of the new daylight system. If the trial period proves the new daylight hours to be a disadvantage, it is clear that the current system should be reinstated. However with convincing evidence of the potential benefits, it seems only right that we pilot a new system.”
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