David Martin MEP has today welcomed the news that as April 2018, all new types cars and light commercial vehicles will be equipped with an ‘eCall’ device that will automatically dial the 112 emergency number in the event of an accident to alert the emergency series to serious road accidents indicating the exact location.
“This represents a very important achievement for the safety of European road users,” stressed Mr Martin.
“The quicker response from the emergency services to accidents on roads across Europe could save about 2,500 lives in the EU every year and the severity of injuries could be considerable reduced in tens of thousands of cases.
“The number of deaths on European roads is unfortunately still unacceptably high. The eCall emergency system will help improve road safety as it significantly reduces the time before the emergency services arrive when a serious accident happens.”
The ‘eCall’ will be a public service, free of charge for all citizens, irrespective of the type of vehicle or its purchase price. To avoid misuse the regulation clearly limits the system to that of a safety device, the use of which is restricted to the emergency services only.
Note: 112 is the common emergency telephone number that can be dialled free of charge from any fixed or mobile telephone in order to reach emergency services in Member States of the European Union.