A Hertfordshire MEP has called for cars to be fitted with devices that automatically alert emergency services in the event of a crash.
As reported in the Hertfordshire Mercury, Labour MEP Richard Howitt has launched a campaign backing EU proposals that car manufacturers should install eCall devices in all new models by 2015.
The technology detects when a crash has occurred and sends a distress signal to the nearest emergency services via the EU-wide 112 number.
"The earlier the alert, the quicker qualified and equipped paramedics can get to the scene," Mr Howitt argued, adding that the system could save up to 2,500 lives a year.
"I am therefore calling on the European Commission to table legislation to make the eCall system mandatory and free of charge to all drivers in Europe, irrespective of the make of their vehicles, by 2015," he said.
According to the Mercury the UK has not yet signed up to the proposal due to the cost to car manufacturers of fitting the device, which is valued at £80 per car.
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