REPORT FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL on the exercise of the power to adopt delegated acts conferred on the Commission pursuant to Regulation (EU) 2015/758 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2015 concerning type-approval requirements for the deployment of the eCall in-vehicle system based on the 112 service
1 The eCall system is an automatic safety feature required to be fitted to new types of cars and vans from 31 March 2018. Vehicles are approved by national Type Approval Authorities who have responsibility for ensuring new vehicles satisfy the relevant legislative requirements, enabling them to be registered. In the event of a collision of sufficient severity to activate the system, information relating to the vehicle and its location is transmitted to the emergency services to minimise their response time in attending the scene. It is anticipated that this will improve the outcome for the casualties involved in the collision.
2 The EU type approval requirements for the deployment of eCall are set out in Regulation (EU) 2015/758. This Regulation gave powers to the European Commission to make delegated acts in a limited number of areas:
• Article 2 (2) – classes of vehicle that cannot be equipped with an eCall triggering mechanism
• Article 5 (8) – detailed technical requirements and standards to be used for vehicle approval
• Article 5 (9) – provision to allow updating of versions of the standards referred to in paragraph 8
• Article 6 (12) – data processing and exchange of personal data
3 Article 8 (2) of Regulation (EU) 2015/758 grants the Commission the power to make delegated acts for a five-year period, with a tacit agreement that this time period is renewed unless objections are received from the European Parliament or the Council.