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MEPs call on eCall to aid emergency services by 2015

  Thursday, 28 June 2012

All new cars built in Europe should be fitted with a new device allowing vehicles to automatically alert the emergency services in the event of a serious accident, MEPs have said.

The system, labelled eCall, is designed to alert the EU-wide emergency number ‘112’ in the event of a serious crash on the continent’s motorways. The device will provide accurate GPS positioning, enabling emergency services to locate accident areas with haste, as well as airbag and impact information.

These measures would not only make road safety more efficient and secure, it would also go some way to appeasing car insurance providers. Subsequently MEPs have thrown their weight behind a resolution, adopted by the Internal Market and Transport Committees, that is seeking the system to be fitted in all new vehicles by 2015.

Catherine Beader, an MEP for the South East, said: “Even if you are unconscious, the system will let rescue workers know exactly where you are. The great advantage is the technology already exists and we should be taking advantage of it.”

The inclusion of the eCall device would speed up the arrival of emergency services and potentially save as many as 2,500 lives a year. The system is currently installed in 0.4 per cent of vehicles on Europe’s roads and would also minimise the severity of injuries by as much as 15 per cent.

At ASM Auto Recycling we deal with hundreds of vehicles involved in road accidents across the United Kingdom. Many of these are available in our regular online salvage auctions, available for purchase and restoration to roadworthy condition.

Each salvage car in the auction has been inspected by qualified engineers and passed as suitable for legitimate repair in accordance with ABI guidelines.

All salvage vehicle buyers at ASM can also receive discount of up to 20 per cent on all used car parts supplied for the repair of cars purchased from us.

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