92% 'want extra daylight hour'

The vast majority of people voted in favour of clock changes when asked: "Would you like to see an extra hour of evening daylight all year round, across the UK?", according to a survey.

The online poll by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) got a 92% yes vote in a ballot set up to coincide with the end of British Summer Time on Sunday. It is then that schoolchildren and workers will begin to travel home in the dark for the first time in six months.

Travellers might especially welcome the change as it would mean less of a chance of having to use their motor breakdown cover when stuck in the dark.

RoSPA chief executive Tom Mullarkey issued the result on Twitter and carried out a Q&A session for an hour. The charity has spearheaded a crusade for an extra evening daylight hour for decades.

Mr Mullarkey said the charity "throws down the gauntlet to our politicians" given that nearly all SDST polls have shown resounding support for change.

"Give the people what they want; a proposal that brings so many benefits to the UK at no cost," he said.

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