Copyright 2005 Automated People Mover Standards Committee


Reasons for the directive

This first section lists a total of 31 explanations for the creation of the directive. Following a general description of ropeways, their applications and economic significance within the European Union, the authors note that national regulations in EU member states differ widely. That makes it difficult to provide standard solutions and therefore has adverse effects on competitiveness.

Work on the directive was also motivated by the need to ensure adequate standards of ropeway safety in all member countries: “Steps should be taken to define, on a Community-wide basis, essential human safety and health requirements, and environmental protection and consumer protection requirements applicable to cableway installations, subsystems and their safety components. Without this, mutual recognition of national regulatory provisions would create insoluble political and technical difficulties as regards interpretation and liability.” This passage is the first in which the authors speak of ‘installations’, ‘subsystems’ and ‘safety components’, which are subsequently given separate treatment with regard to the safety measures to be taken.

There follows a group of paragraphs relating to ways of proving that the essential requirements have been met, and special reference is made to harmonized European standards: “In order to make it easier to prove that the essential requirements have been complied with, it is useful to have harmonized European standards, compliance with which enables it to be presumed that the product is in conformity with the said essential requirements.”