Time to ban daylight savings time; a relic from a bygone era

Time to ban daylight savings time; a relic from a bygone era

Ms Clune raised the issue of scrapping the clocks changing entirely last October when she described the clocks going backwards as a relic from a bygone era that no longer serves a useful purpose.

The European Commission has now told the Ireland South MEP that it is investigating the annual clocks change and that this investigation will include an “analysis of the impact of the current arrangements in the Member States, based on available evidence”.

While the EU Commission says it would be premature to conclude at this stage whether or not this investigation could lead to changes in the daylight savings time procedure, there are a growing number of MEPs who are arguing that the clocks changes no longer make sense.

"I welcome moves to open a debate on whether we should scrap the idea that the clocks go back every October and forward in the spring. Having brighter evenings in winter would lead to improved outcomes for road safety as the roads are more dangerous from the hours of 4-7pm.

"There are obvious economic benefits such as reduced energy consumption because of less need for artificial light in the evenings with a consequent reduction in CO2 emissions," she said.

"Brighter evenings would have a positive benefit for public health. One study of 23,000 children, published by the BBC, found that their daily activity levels were 15 to 20 per cent higher on summer days than winter days and that moving the clocks back causes a five per cent drop in physical activity. The very least we should do is have an informed debate on whether it is a good idea to continue winding the clocks back and forwards every year," she added.

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