Call to end British summertime

A leading road safety charity has called for the end of British summertime.

Early nightfalls from when the clocks go back towards the end of October lead to a rise in accident rates, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

As many as 80 crash deaths can be avoided a year if the present system is changed, the charity said.

The charity's survey, which spoke to 2,000 motorists across the UK last winter, found that 65% of people were in favour of a so-called "double summertime" system, where the clocks are moved forward by one hour for the entire year while still putting the clocks forward in spring and back in autumn.

In fact, a double summertime was part of the Coalition's agenda to create lighter evenings and thereby boost tourism.

But the plans face significant resistance in Scotland on the premise that the idea would mean darker mornings that would plunge constituents into darkness.

The rise in pedestrian road casualties in November is generally attributed to the winter clock change. A rise in car insurance claims is also likely during winter months.

"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," said IAM chief executive Simon Best.

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