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112 SOS

Date: 02/04/2013
Source: Kampeertoerist (B)

Two years ago F.I.C.C. advised members of this life-saving emergency phone number but many people are still unaware of its existence.
The NG112 Committee of the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) aims to establish a set of requirements so that emergency services can be accessed via a whole range of IP-communications. While citizens use IP-based communications every day, emergency services are hardly reachable with other means than standard voice communications.
The new standard (NG112LTD) should make emergency services modern, efficient and more interoperable using Next Generation Networks.
EENA, the European Emergency Number Association, is a Brussels-based NGO set up in 1999 dedicated to promoting high quality emergency services reached by the number 112 throughout the EU. EENA serves as a discussion platform for emergency services, public authorities, decision makers, associations and solution providers in view of improving emergency response in accordance with citizens’ requirements. EENA is also promoting the establishment of an efficient system for alerting citizens about imminent or developing emergencies.
EENA members include about 750 emergency services representatives from 43 European countries, 57 solution providers, 9 international associations/organisations and 26 members of the European Parliament.
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France: Since 1 July 2012, it has been mandatory for drivers in France to have a breathalyser kit in their vehicle.
Since 1 March 2013 anyone found without a breathalyser kit could be fined € 11. The French automobile club however has confirmed that the introduction/application of fines has been postponed indefinitely.
This requirement nevertheless still appears in French motorway traffic regulations. A final decision by the French National Road Safety Council is expected sometime in February/March 2013.
Even if there are doubts about the reliability of these kits and discussions are still ongoing as to the pros and cons of the measure, it is a good idea to have one of these “kits“ with you when travelling in France.

France put up its motorway tolls again on 1 February 2013 by between 1.18% and 2.24%. The Mont Blanc tunnel and the Frejus Tunnel tolls have gone up by about 5%.

Italy: Since 1 January 2013 motorway tolls have increased by about 4% in Italy. Thus the 180km stretch between Padua and Trieste now costs 11.6% more than last year for a private car (€ 12.50), and 10.30% more for a caravan outfit (€ 17.10). The Brenner motorway from the Austrian border to Verona (230 kms of motorway) will be about € 0.20 more expensive for both a private car and an outfit, costing € 15.80 and
€ 21.80 respectively.