Safety standards for new kinds of Cableways

To keep track with new technical developments, this proposal clarifies and updates the existing rules considering new types of cableways on the market.

How did we get here?

There was already a directive on Cableways but as practice and further technical developments have shown this directive was in need of updating and clarification to ensure legal certainty. It was essential to update the rules in particular concerning new types of cableway installations. It got increasingly difficult to actually identify certain installations as cableways and the distinction between safety components, sub-systems and infrastructures was a problem.

 

Why is this important for me?

The main objective of this initiative is to improve the functioning of the internal EU market, meaning that the same standards apply to cableway installation across all Member States. That way you can be sure that a cableway abroad is as secure as the one in your home country. At the same time, lawmakers want to better protect the health and safety of users.

 

What's the content?

Instead of a directive, the EU Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry, Antonio Tajani, proposed a regulation to replace the old legislation. It lays down rules on the design and construction of cableway installations designed to transport persons. The proposal also contains rules on the free movement of sub-systems and safety components for such installations. Most importantly, the proposal takes new types of cableway installations into account.

"Cableway installations" are mainly lift systems, such as funicular railways, aerial ropeways, cable cars, gondolas, chairlifts, drag lifts and other installations for tourism or sport purpose. Certain antique cableways or those intended for agricultural or industrial use are not being touched by this regulation. This exclusion is also provided to cableway installations going up to mountain shelters or huts, which are not used as a means of transportion for the public. Cableway installations used for leisure purposes in fairgrounds or amusement parks are also excluded from this proposal.

 

What's happening with this legislation in the future?

In October 2015 the European Parliament and the Council  agreed in Trialogue on the new rules, which were confirmed by a formal vote in Parliament in January 2016 and adopted by the Council in February 2016. A month later the new law was published in the Official Journal.

 

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Cross-border enforcement for speeding & traffic offences

Making products & services more accessible for disabled people

 

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