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eCall comes on stream – all new car models be equipped to dial emergency services in the event of accidents

As of this weekend, all new models of cars and light vans will have the capability to alert rescue services to car crashes

“E-Call is a new life-saving technology which will be fitted to all new cars from March 31st. It has the capabilities to dial the emergency services in cases where the vehicle is involved in a serious road accident,” explained Brian Hayes MEP

“Around 25,500 people lost their lives and 135,000 were seriously injured on EU roads in 2016. While this was 2% down on the 2015 figure, the reduction may be too small to ensure that the EU meets its target of halving road fatalities between 2010 and 2020

“The eCall system will help to increase the safety of road users by significantly reducing the arrival time of rescue services in the event of a major accident, ensuring they are sufficiently prepared for the scale of operation that awaits them.

“With eCall, emergency services’ response time will be reduced by 50% in rural areas and 40% in urban areas, leading to a reduction of fatalities estimated at up to 1,500 saved lives per year. The legislation has made the system based on a public emergency call using the European emergency number 112 and operating across borders”.

 “Both member states and manufacturers have been given enough time to prepare infrastructure and technologies, so that the eCall will start to work immediately to deliver its major benefit – to increase the safety of citizens traveling anywhere in Europe”.

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