GEM Motoring Assist is calling for the implementation of Single/Double British Summer Time (SDST) in the UK.

The body believes the government should consider shifting from the current system of GMT/BST in order to better safeguard lives.

Lighter evenings could help to save lives

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth argued a move to GMT+1 in winter and GMT+2 in summer would help to prevent 80 deaths and more than 200 serious injuries on the UK’s roads each year.

He commented: “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the change – generally from those representing the interests of farmers and postal workers – are irrelevant and outdated.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.”

The move follows the release of government statistics highlighting a sharp spike in road casualty rates when the clocks go back in October each year.

As a result, Mr Worth stated that GEM is now adding its voice to those of a range of safety groups in support of a change to SDST.

He argued it will “make a significant contribution to reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roads”.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “We’ve all become accustomed to the darker evenings that an end to BST brings at this time of year, but a move to SDST would help to make the evenings lighter throughout the year.”

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