Extracts from the joint press conference by Siim Kallas and Antonio Tajani on an EC proposal to fit new passenger cars and light vehicles from 2015 with the eCall system
Type: Press conference - summary
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 13 June 2013, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, and Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport Commission, presented a draft legislation on automated emergency call for road accidents mandatory in cars from 2015.
To help mitigate the consequences of serious road accidents across the EU, today the European Commission adopted two proposals to ensure that, by October 2015, cars will automatically call emergency services in case of a serious crash. The "eCall" system automatically dials 112 - Europe's single emergency number - in the event of a serious accident. It communicates the vehicle's location to emergency services, even if the driver is unconscious or unable to make a phone call. It is estimated that it could save up to 2500 lives a year.
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||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
||Joint arrival of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, and Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): If emergency services are informed immediately and if they know exactly where the accident happened, they can often prevent deaths and ensure that injuries do not leave any lasting damage. To ensure this, today the Commission has adopted two proposals to ensure that, by October 2015, all new models of passenger cars and vans will be equipped with the 112 eCall system. The system will make an automatic call in case of an accident, even if the driver is unconscious. And the emergency centres will be able to handle these calls efficiently. They will be able to send an ambulance to the accident site much more quickly than they can now.
||Cutaway of cameramen
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in FRENCH) saying that the European Commission proposes that from October 2015, all new types of car will be equipped with the automatic calls system based on the 112 emergency service number. It important that it is based on the 112 because it is free and available in all the Member States.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Siim Kallas (in ENGLISH): This small reporting unit which is sleeping in the car, it is 100 Euros per car and it is for 2015. So the obligation for all the new vehicles coming out from 2015 must have this special equipment.
||Departure of Siim Kallas and Antonio Tajani