Possible implications for Northern Ireland of the Daylight Saving Bill

Written evidence from George Callen

1.0 I consider that the implementation of Daylight Saving Time would be of benefit to the population of Northern Ireland as it would have road safety advantages, being lighter during the evening rush-hour and this is unlikely to be offset by the slightly darker morning rush-hour.

2.0 There would be environmental benefits with a decrease in electricity usage.

3.0 There would be health benefits with greater use of outdoor sports facilities for a longer period of the year.

4.0 Generally lighter evenings allow better use of the day and permit gardening and other DIY activities after work for a longer period of the year.

I consider that the equivalent of Double Summer Time should be implemented so that an extra hour of daylight is obtained in the evening throughout the year.

25 March 2011