Knesset to set October 1 as Daylight Saving Time end-date

November 5, 2012 09:49

The Knesset on Monday was set to pass the second and third reading of a bill designating the first Sunday after October 1 as the annual end-date for Daylight Saving Time (DST), MK Nitzan Horowitz (Meretz) announced.

Although the Knesset is dissolved, the government is still able to call plenum and committee meetings to pass bills.

Horowitz praised the move to set the summer clock according to the Gregorian calendar. Currently, the clock changes according to the Hebrew calendar, which has a more variable relationship with the seasons.

While the move is a step in the right direction, Horowitz said, November 1 would be a more suitable end date for DST.

"The new law improves the current situation, but it also causes us to lose an entire month of afternoon light each year," Horowitz said, adding that extending the summer clock further would reduce traffic accidents and save electricity.

Horowitz vowed to reintroduce a bill to further extend DST when the new Knesset convenes following the January 22 elections.

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