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Lords Committee launches inquiry into clock changes

Fleets are being invited to take part in an inquiry from the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee into the European Commission’s proposal to end clock changes.

Under a no-deal Brexit, the UK will have to make a decision whether to follow its EU neighbours or stick to clock changes

Under the European Commission proposal – adopted on 12 September 2018 and backed by the European Parliament in March 2019 – the plan is to stop clock changes in 2021, with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker having underlined that “Member States should themselves decide whether their citizens live in summer or winter time.”

The UK would need to fit in with this if it stays in the EU or under a deal transition period. However, under a no-deal Brexit, the UK will have to make a decision whether to follow its EU neighbours or stick to clock changes.

RoSPA has already called on the UK to permanently adopt British Summer Time as it highlights the marked spike in the number of vulnerable road users killed and seriously injured every autumn when the clocks go back.

Now, the House of Lords EU Internal Market Sub-Committee – which has previously questioned the European Commission’s proposal – has issued a public call for evidence that will look into the implications of the UK retaining clock changes, and is urging organisations, businesses and individuals to take part.

For more details and to send a submission, click here. The deadline for submissions is 30 August 2019.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.