Vote on life-saving emergency call system for cars
Emergency call devices that automatically alert rescue services to car crashes would have to be fitted to all new models of cars and light vans by October 2015 under draft rules to be voted on Wednesday. “eCall” technology would use the 112 emergency number to enable rescuers to reach crash scenes faster, thus saving lives and reducing injuries.
Each year emergency services across the EU deal with road accidents which in 2012 took 28,000 lives and left 1.5 million injured.
The eCall installation rules were tabled by the European Commission, acting on a resolution voted by Parliament in July 2012. MEPs note that the eCall in-vehicle system is a public service and should therefore be accessible free of charge to all car users.
Draft rules on eCall infrastructure, which would require EU member states to have the emergency service equipment needed to receive and process eCalls in place by October 2015, will be put to a vote at the same time.
Debate: Tuesday, 25 February
Vote: Wednesday, 26 February
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), first reading