Event date: 20/03/2018
Emergency call devices that automatically alert rescue services to car crashes will have to be fitted to all new models of cars and light vans as of 31 March.
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
All new models of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles have to be equipped with the eCall system as of 31 March 2018.
Olga SEHNALOVÁ (S&D, CZ), rapporteur on the eCall - life-saving emergency call system for cars, gives a press conference
MEPs debate the deployment of the eCall in-vehicle system in plenary session.