Turkey will no longer ‘fall back’ after a ruling regarding Daylight Saving Time (DST) was published in the Official Gazette.

The clause specifying the end of daylight savings time on October 30, 2016 at 4 a.m. has been revoked, putting an end to adjusting the clocks every spring and fall.

It was Benjamin Franklin who at the age of 78, wrote An Economical Project, a discourse on the thrift of natural versus artificial lighting.  Over two centuries later, nations around the world use a variation of his concept to conserve energy and more fully enjoy the benefits of daylight.


The main purpose of DST is to make better use of daylight.  If you were to live near the Equator, day and night are nearly the same length (12 hours), however, elsewhere on earth, there is much more daylight in the summer than in the winter.  The closer you live to the North or South Pole, the longer the period of daylight in the summer – therefore DST is not usually helpful in the tropics.

Research has shown that DST saves energy and studies done by the U.S. Department of Transportation showed that DST trimmed the entire country’s electricity usage by a small but significant amount (about 1 percent each day).  Turkey saves about 800 million to 1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity through DST, the equivalent to the annual power production of a mid-level hydroelectric power plant.

There are many debates over the pros and cons of DST.  Some would argue that there is a public health benefit as DST decreased traffic accidents and that the increase in accidents in the dark mornings is more than offset by the evening decrease in accidents.  DST does indeed make better use of natural daylight; hence energy is conserved by not using artificial light.

Others would be concerned that their personal and home security is jeopardised during DST as they are leaving their homes in the dark – thus being exposed to crime.  Traditional dairy farmers often protest that by changing the clocks twice a year makes milking cows and getting the milk collected in time a challenge.

In conclusion, whether you are for or against the clocks changing twice a year, it seems, for now, here in Turkey there will be no more falling back or springing forward.


Source:  Ege Eye

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