MEPs support for an open and secure eCall platform for consumers welcomed by the FIA
Brussels, 19 June 2012
“I am delighted that MEPs have supported the early, mandatory introduction of eCall. This life-saving system could save more than 2,500 lives every year on European roads. We cannot afford to wait any longer,” said Jacob Bangsgaard, FIA Region I Director General, following a vote by the European Parliament’s Transport and Internal Market & Consumer Protection committees this morning.
The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Region I office, based in Brussels, represents 36 million motorists via its 106 Automobile Clubs.
The early, mandatory introduction of an open platform for eCall, allowing for competition and consumer choice (while respecting data protection concerns), was the key principle of the own-initiative report drafted by Ms. Sehnalová MEP and Mr. Koch MEP. This position was further supported by a number of amendments adopted in today's vote, as the Parliament strongly backed improved road safety and freedom of consumer choice.
It has been calculated by the European Commission that the mandatory introduction of eCall by 2015 could save more than 2,500 lives every year on European roads, while the arrival of emergency teams will be speeded up by 40% in urban areas and 50% in rural areas.
Mr Bangsgaard also stressed the important benefits eCall will bring to the consumer: “A number of projects have clearly demonstrated that providing an open platform for eCall is technically feasible in a secure way. The system’s deployment in all new vehicles should offer European motorists the opportunity to choose additional services if they so wish, including breakdown assistance, traffic information, stolen vehicle tracking and pay-as-you-go insurance schemes”.
Notes to Editors:
Draft Report on the regulatory introduction of eCall (2012/2056(INI))
The rapporteurs of the report are Olga Sehnalová (S&D) and Dieter-Lebrecht Koch (EPP). The own-initiative report is expected to be voted upon in Plenary on 3 July 2012.
Key amendments adopted in today's vote included:
COMP 13 on AMs 109, 110, 111 and 143
"Stresses that the eCall system must be user-friendly and emphasises that consumers should be offered a realistic overview and comprehensive, reliable information regarding additional functionalities or services linked to any private emergency or assistance call in-vehicle application they are choosing, the level of service which can be expected, and associated cost"
COMP 16 on AMs 121, 122 and 123
"Stresses that private eCall services must respect the principles of privacy and data protection, providing in particular for informed consent and the possibility of opting out, in line with the recommendations of the Article 29 Working Party; consumers' informed consent should be based on full information about the amount of data gathered and the purpose to which it is gathered; additionally, consumers should be able to withdraw their consent at any time"
What is eCall?
eCall, an electronic safety system that automatically calls emergency services in the case of a serious car accident, is ready to be deployed across Europe. Even if you are unconscious, the system will inform rescue workers of the crash site's exact location, and the ambulance will be on its way within minutes. eCall will save several hundred lives in Europe every year, and reduce the severity of injuries and trauma in tens of thousands of cases.
When will eCall be implemented in the EU?
The technical development of eCall is completed. The Commission is reinforcing efforts to speed up the deployment of this life-saving technology, with the aim of having a fully functional EU-wide service in place by 2015. According to the European Commission, the parallel action of Member States, car manufacturers, telecom operators and emergency centres is now needed to ensure that this system will seamlessly function throughout Europe by this time.
Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Region I office
FIA Region I represents 106 Touring and Motoring Clubs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa from its Brussels office, which total more than 36 million members. The FIA represents the interest of these members as motorists, public transport users, pedestrians and tourists.
The FIA’s primary goal is to secure a mobility that is safe, affordable, sustainable and efficient. With these aims in mind the work focuses on Road Safety, Consumer Protection, Environmental Protection, and the promotion of Sustainable Motoring.
For more information, please contact Niall Carty, Communications Manager, FIA Region I: firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 282 0812