GEM Motoring Assist is urging the UK Government to “put children’s safety first” by adopting Single/Double British Summertime (SDST).
GEM says that experts believe the move, involving an adjustment of the clocks to GMT + 1 hour in winter and GMT + 2 hours in summer, would prevent 80 deaths and more than 200 serious injuries on the UK’s road each year.
David Williams MBE, GEM chief executive, said: “Dark spells danger for pedestrians. In 2013, official figures show that twice as many pedestrians died in December as in June, while there is a 10% rise in fatal pedestrian collisions during the four weeks after the clocks go back.
“Estimates from the DfT’s own research suggest the benefits of a move to SDST would amount to nearly £140m annually, with just a modest £5m one-off investment in communicating the change.
“We believe the reasons for opposing the change – generally from those representing the interests of farmers and postal workers – are irrelevant and outdated. After all, farming technology is vastly improved, and postal deliveries take place throughout the day, not purely in the early mornings.
“GEM, in line with all safety groups, supports a change to SDST, because it will make a significant contribution to reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads.”