A ROAD safety charity is calling on the government to abolish the UK’s time zone and adopt Central European Time to save lives on the road.
Huddersfield-based Brake made the call after the clocks went back yesterday.
It says drivers should slow down and look out for people on foot and bicycles as evenings become darker.
Research suggests that 450 deaths and serious injuries could be prevented if Britain switched to a different time zone.
Switching to Central European Time, says Brake, would mean increased visibility at crucial times of the day.
Central European Time is an hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and is the equivalent of British Summer Time (BST) continuing into winter.
In summer Central European Summer Time is an hour ahead of BST.
Jools Townsend, head of education at Brake, said: “The practice of using Greenwich Mean Time is rooted in tradition rather than common sense.
“It is unacceptable that so many families are torn apart by sudden, violent deaths and injuries on our road and the Government must take bold steps to stop these preventable casualties.”