The Iranian government is considering not respecting the time zones and moving the clock forward at the start of spring 2022.
This has caused huge issues and annoyance among Iranians because, for the first time in over a decade, the government is thinking about making such a radical announcement about time zones and removing daylight saving time altogether.
But what is the reason behind this drastic consideration when it is easy enough to use a time difference calculator to know the time around the world with respect to a specific country?
According to a spokesperson of the government, one of the reasons is that making this change is likely not to result in any energy savings.
This conclusion of the government has been disputed by energy experts who predict that the government will have to incur heavy costs.
But according to presstv.ir, Iran may keep clock-switching despite parliament motion.
Moreover, it will also have an obvious effect on the time zone map. This decision by the government is also likely to result in widespread anger and inconvenience.
Countless people traveling overseas will miss their flights because of confusion regarding the actual time their planes are going to take off. Government employees will be showing up late for work. Parents will find it difficult to adjust their work hours to the new school time for their children.
Entrepreneurs who work with foreign companies will need to calculate the time difference all over again. In short, everyone’s schedules will be in an absolute mess if this decision is made by the government.
It is pertinent to note here that the Guardian Council must approve this change in the law before its establishment as a law in the country.
Moreover, with the daylight saving time change in Iran due within a week’s time, it seems highly unlikely that the government will succeed in passing the law before the change in time takes place.
History of Daylight Saving Time in Iran
Daylight saving time, before 1979, was religiously observed in Iran. After that, it was abandoned completely until 1989.
The Government of Iran, in the spring of 2006, ceased to observe daylight saving time all over again. However, a law was passed by the Majlis in September 2007 to restore daylight saving time despite the contemporary government opposing the law fervently.
Finally, in 2022, the government is again considering not implementing daylight saving time in Iran and removing it once and for all.
There has been a lot of back and forth in regards to keeping or removing the daylight saving time in Iran.
Rest assured, this change or its lack thereof is going to cause a significant problem for the residents of Iran in 2022 and for the foreseeable future.