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112 - The European emergency number to improve road safety for all



The European bus and coach industry and the European Commission jointly 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.


13 February 2012 - On the occasion of the “European 112 Day”, the European bus and coach industry, as represented by 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).

For true road transport professionals, every road accident is one too many. Road safety has always been and will remain at the core of Smart Move and its partners’ priorities. Raising the awareness of company managers, their drivers and especially their passengers and customers in the bus and coach sector, is part of the bus and coach industry culture. 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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