Vote on life-saving emergency call system for cars
Emergency call devices that automatically alert rescue services to car crashes (eCall) would have to be fitted to all new models of cars and light vans by 31 March 2018 under draft rules to be voted on Tuesday. A vote in favour would confirm an informal deal struck in December with the Council of Ministers, which then formally approved it on 2 March.
The in-vehicle eCall system uses 112 emergency call technology to alert the emergency services to serious road accidents automatically. This enables them to decide immediately on the type and size of rescue operation needed, which in turn helps them to arrive faster, save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and cut the cost of traffic jams.
Each year emergency services across the EU deal with road accidents which in 2014 took 25,700 lives. Once fitted to all vehicles, eCall could reduce the accident death toll by 10% a year.
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), second reading agreement
Debate: Monday, 27 April
Vote: Tuesday, 28 April
Press conference: Tuesday, 28 April at 14.00 (TBC)