Accused of acting a a time bandit by the Scots, Prime Minister David Cameron is considering scrapping BST to stop the clocks going back and forward every few months.
This would mean lighter evenings and darker mornings – with the darkness lingering longer in the far north. For some parts of Scotland, this could mean dawn not coming until 10 am.
The arguments for are convincing – last time the theory was test in 1968 – 1971, accidents on the roads dropped by around 11 per cent.
If the number of accidents was cut again, not only would thousands of people avoid death and injury, but drivers could see car insurance premiums drop as pay outs decreased.
The argument for lighter evenings rather than brighter mornings is supported by several factors:
- Everyone is on the way to school or work in the morning rather than visiting clubs, friends or shopping, making the roads busier in the evenings
- Drivers concentrate better in the mornings because they are less tired
- People just feel better arriving for school or work in the light
Switching time zone would align Britain with Western Europe – giving the country the same time as France, Spain, Germany and Italy – which also gives British business an extra hour to trade with Europe.
Assemblies in Scotland and Wales would need to support the change – with those north of the border providing the most vocal opposition.
“Discussions are under way across Whitehall and with the devolved authorities but that’s the key, you can only do this if there is real national consensus and pressure between all the nations of our United Kingdom,” said Cameron.
Road safety organisations are lining up to support keeping the clocks at the same time.