As clocks go back daylight saving issue rumbles on

THE clocks go back tonight and the annual argument rolls on over whether the UK should instead have an extra hour of evening daylight.

Campaigners for change say early darkness brings more accidents, disruption and depression.

Others are more relaxed saying what you lose at one end of the day you gain at the other.

Brighouse Road Safety Committee is distributing florescent arm material to Y6 youngsters to be worn on the arm nearest the road.

Chairwoman Ann Rutherford said the argument for change was as “broad as it is long.”

“If it’s darker in the evenings then it’s lighter in the mornings - you can’t win,” she said.

“I would just urge people to be more alert.

“The elderly tend to do their shopping and go out before tea-time.”

She said it was important for pedestrians to be seen in the dark and the committee was pleased to obtain a police grant to help youngsters be seen.

“School uniforms tend to be dark in colour and if they were brighter it would be better,” she said.

Joan Stocks, of the Calderdale Pensioners’ Association, was against change.

“I prefer the clocks to go back as I like it lighter in the mornings and older people are used to it anyway,” she said.

“It has not been a big issue for us.” The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has been campaigning for change for decades.

Its recent online poll had 92 per cent voting for change.

According to the society lighter evenings would save 80 lives and prevent more than 200 serious injuries on the roads.

And it is optimistic its campaign is closer to succeeding now after a Private Members’ Bill passed a second reading in Parliament.

If successful, the Bill will trigger the Government into carrying out analysis of the benefits of single/double summer time (GMT plus one in winter; GMT plus two in summer) which could lead to a three-year trial.

The UK has been changing clocks forwards and backwards since 1916 to save the hours of daylight.