Poland could become the first and only country in the European Union to abolish daylight savings time changes. The parliament has unanimously passed a bill that would stop the clocks from turning forwards in the summer and back in the winter.
The draft legislation is now up for a second reading.
“The time changes can lead to imbalances in the body-clock, leading to mood swings, trouble with sleeping, and an increased risk of heart attacks and road accidents” said Bronislaw Karasek, from Polish People’s Party (PSL), the centre-left party responsible for the bill.
As reported by The Telegraph, supporters of the legislation also argue that the twice-yearly time changes cause disruption to businesses and do little to cut energy consumption.
But proponents of maintaining the status-quo point out that going it alone in time could cause massive problems for Poland. Also, computer systems will have to be adjusted to the unexpected alteration to time with updates, new software or even new operating systems needed.
“This will affect every person and every institution,” Wieslaw Paluszynski, vice president of Poland’s Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications, told TVNbis, a Polish business news channel.
“You start with watches, smart phones and computers and end with complex industrial systems that control, for example, pipelines. The list of things that will need to be changed is endless.”