eCall Mandate Pushed Forward by EU Parliament

All new cars must be fitted by 2015 with eCall devices said Members of the European Parliament in a resolution adopted jointly by the Internal Market and Transport Committees on Tuesday.

The resolution, adopted by 58 votes to 4, with 8 abstentions, regrets the delays in the voluntary deployment of eCall to date and the small proportion of cars fitted with it (only 0.4% according to their calculations) and urges the Commission to table legislation to make the eCall system mandatory by 2015.

The non-legislative resolution will be voted in plenary session of the Parliament in Strasbourg in July 2012. The Commission is expected to table a legislative proposal on eCall by the end of 2012.

The adoption of eCall in Europe will encourage new developments in telematics with all new cars fitted with GPS and wireless modules.

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