Dont know where you got that idea. "Permanent" UTC-3 was introduced in 2015 and was supposed to remain in effect until at least 2017.Space Cat wrote: Santiago is always -3 UTC now.
Before that we had UTC-4 with DST. But starting in 2010, the DST transition dates were set by government decree every year and every year had different DST start and end dates.
http://diario.elmercurio.com/2016/03/15 ... 3A702C.htm?Sexto cambio en 6 años.
Desde el terremoto de 2010, los gobiernos de Sebastián Piñera y Michelle Bachelet han modificado seis veces el cambio de hora. Según el último anuncio del Ministerio de Energía, el horario de invierno (GMT-4) comenzará el sábado 12 de mayo y terminará el sábado 13 de agosto, cuando volverá a regir el GMT-3.
In Magallanes, they are happy with UTC-3, and would like to keep it.Space Cat wrote:Why don't they move to the native UTC -4 instead of going DST again?
Others say that since Peru is at the same-ish longitude as most of Chile, we should be using UTC-5.
Others want more light in winter mornings for schoolkids, others think its better to have more light in the evenings to reduce crime, others think DST disrupts circadian rythms, etc etc. etc.
This time its mami Bachelet who overrode her energy minister. The darker mornings last year apparently gave rise to increased school absenteeism. Since this is the first year her educational reform is coming into effect, she is unwilling for anything to stop it from going smoothly.
I personally dont give a rodent's posterior what timezone they choose; with or without DST, just as long as they decide on something and then stick to it. Instead of this pathetic flopping backwards and forwards every year at the whim of politicians.