Friday 20th January: Lighter Later, the campaign to stop the practice of daylight saving, received a massive blow today, which according to road safety supporter, GEM Motoring Assist, could be putting road users lives at risk.
Despite having the support of more than 90 organisations in favour of the bill, and 120 MP’s who all voted to pass the motion, (just 10 attending MPs were against) somehow, due to what might be construed as deliberate acts of *sabotage the session ran out of time before the motion could be passed.
Lighter Later proposes that Britain’s clocks are shifted forward by one hour throughout the year, so an hour of daylight moves from the morning to the evening, which campaigners believe will have a significant positive impact on road safety, energy saving, and the general health and wellbeing of the nation.
GEM has backed this campaign from the outset, and is bitterly disappointed that the efforts of so many have been wasted at the point of which should have been a ‘rubber stamping exercise’.
Number one for breakdown cover in the UK*, GEM Motoring Assist, offers its commiserations to Lighter Later, but pledges to continuing supporting the campaigns next steps. However, David Williams MBE, GEM Chief Executive, has very grave concerns about what has happened today: “Year on year the evidence shows that the accident rate on the roads increases after the clocks go back and we believe that this unnecessary hold up will cost lives.
Poor weather, decreased visibility and bad road conditions are all rife during the winter months and have a serious effect on the rise in accidents and hazardous breakdown situations. Changing the clocks is proven to add further to the dangers for road users.”
Determined to continue with the campaign he added: “Introducing lighter evenings will make our roads a safer place by increasing visibility and in turn will help prevent unnecessary accidents.”
“Setting the clocks so we can enjoy more hours of daylight, will also help the nation save on electricity bills and hugely decrease the amount of pollution caused by electric lights. With numerous benefits, the change is welcomed by GEM.”
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