Published: April 29, 2015 | Brussels, Belgium
From the beginning we have put great emphasis on the protection of personal data. We wanted to make it absolutely clear that there would be no continuous monitoring under this system.
S&D member Olga Sehnalová
Emergency call devices that automatically alert rescue services to car crashes must be fitted to all new models of cars and light vans in the EU by October 2015, said MEPs on Wednesday in a vote on draft legislation setting up the eCall system. Road accidents across the EU caused 28 000 deaths and left 1.5 million injured in 2012.
Member states will have to upgrade their infrastructure so that eCalls are efficiently passed on to emergency services. Currently, only 0.7% of all passenger vehicles in the EU are equipped with automatic emergency call systems. The eCall device is estimated to cost less than €100 per new car to install. However in due course, the price will gradually decline to a few euros due to mass deployment. MEPs add that the eCall is a public service which uses the 112 number and should therefore be free of charge for users.
MEPs strengthened a data-protection clause in the draft law to ensure that eCall-equipped vehicles are not subject to constant tracking. When an accident triggers an eCall, the data sent automatically to emergency centres should be restricted to the type of activation, the class of vehicle, the type of fuel used, the time of the accident, the exact location of the vehicle, the direction of travel and the number of seatbelts fastened, says Parliament’s amendment.
The eCall regulation was approved at first reading by 485 votes to 151, with 32 abstentions. The Council could accept Parliament’s position or adopt its own position, for further discussion with Parliament.
Source: EU Parliament