Liow: Govt study­ing pro­posal for emer­gency call de­vice in new ve­hi­cles

New Straits Times - - News / Nation -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Transport Min­istry is look­ing at in­tro­duc­ing an emer­gency call de­vice on all ve­hi­cles next year as part of the govern­ment’s mea­sure to boost the safety of mo­torists.

Its min­is­ter, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, said the min­istry re­ceived a pro­posal on the mat­ter last week and was study­ing it.

“It is pend­ing a de­ci­sion,” he told the New Straits Times yes­ter­day.

Liow, how­ever, did not pro­vide fur­ther de­tail on the pro­posal.

The in­stal­la­tion of the de­vice will boost emer­gency ser­vices in the event of ac­ci­dents, thefts or other road mishaps.

The pro­posal is said to be sim­i­lar to the e-Call alert sys­tem im­ple­mented in the Euro­pean Union coun­tries, which aimed to help am­bu­lance crew reach ac­ci­dent sites faster.

The sys­tem, if im­ple­mented, will be stan­dard­ised for all new cars and light vans from March 31 next year.

The e-Call de­vice would alert emer­gency ser­vices au­to­mat­i­cally via an emer­gency num­ber.

Ba­sic data such as type of ve­hi­cle, time of ac­ci­dent and lo­ca­tion would be pro­vided to the emer­gency ser­vices.

BBC had re­ported that the in­for­ma­tion would only be trans­ferred when se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents oc­curred and the airbag sen­sors were set off. This would then send in­for­ma­tion to the emer­gency res­cue ser­vices.

Sim­i­lar safety fea­ture has also been utilised by e-hail­ing ser­vices, such as Uber and Grab, whereby an emer­gency but­ton would en­able pas­sen­gers to alert the Malaysia Emer­gency Re­sponse Ser­vice.

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