Poll launched to cut car insurance bills

Friday, 14 October 2011

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Moving the clocks forward by one hour on a permanent basis would help to decrease the number of accidents and car insurance claims, it has been claimed.

This is the view of one charity that is urging for single/double summer time, meaning there would be an additional hour of light in the evenings.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has backed its case with research which shows that lighter nights would save 80 lives and prevent 200 serious injuries a year.

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA's chief executive, said: Now that darkness is about to descend - and with it an almost inevitable spike in road accidents at twilight - we need to rekindle the debate."
In order to see if people agree with its proposals, it is launching an online poll and hopes to find out if people would prefer GMT+1 in winter and GMT+2 in summer.

This research is timed to coincide with a Private Member's Bill being discussed in parliament, which could prompt the government to carry out a review of the issue and a three-year trial.

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