IRU and European Commission join forces to promote the 112 emergency number

Date

10 Feb 2012

Sections

Transport

Press release

The European road transport industry, as represented by the IRU, throws its weight behind the European Commission initiative to promote the Single European Emergency Number 112 Europe-wide to enhance road safety and provide a rapid and effective response in case of a road accident.

Brussels - On the occasion of the “European 112 Day”, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the European Commission (EC) have joined forces to promote the Single European Emergency Number 112 among bus, coach, taxi and truck operators and their customers across Europe. 

In a joint statement, European Commission Vice Presidents Neelie Kroes and Siim Kallas, stressed: "This is the start of a year-long campaign to make people travelling around the EU aware of the number which could save their lives: 112, Europe's single emergency number. We are delighted that the International Road Transport Union has joined the European Commission in this initiative.”

112 is a single European emergency number, which can be dialled from fixed and mobile phones free of charge, throughout the EU. 112 calls are answered by an operator who handles the request either directly or by transferring it to the appropriate emergency service (police, ambulance or fire brigade).

IRU General Delegate to the EU, Michael Nielsen, said: “For true road transport professionals, every road accident is one too many. Road safety has always been and will remain at the core of the IRU and its Members’ priorities. Raising the awareness of company managers, their drivers and indeed their passengers and clients in the bus, coach, taxi and truck sector, is part of our industry culture. This is further enhanced by various industry own initiatives, such as training through the IRU Academy, campaigning and disseminating best practices, with the objective of reaching every single company and every single professional driver in Europe.  The Single European Emergency Number 112 constitutes a very efficient tool to further improve road safety, security, and the efficiency of response in emergency cases.”

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See:

• EC website on the Single European Emergency Number 112 -  www.112.eu

• Road transport Industry’s action for road safety: http://www.iru.org/en_policy_road_safety  

Contact:

• European Commission services – Mr Gyula BARA, Policy officer for the European Emergency number 112, Tel:  +32 2 2999547, gyula.bara@ec.europa.eu

• IRU, Juliette Ebele, Head of Communications. Tel: +41 22 918 2707, juliette.ebele@iru.org

Follow the IRU: @The_IRU 

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