Copyright 2005 Automated People Mover Standards Committee


Reasons for the directive (cont'd)

In the interest of the desired standard of safety, the directive also recommends the use of quality assurance procedures, safety analysis, conformity evaluation and a CE conformity marking.

A number of organizational points, including application of the directive to existing ropeways, procedural considerations, etc., conclude the explanatory section of the EU Cableway Directive.   

The Provisions of the Directive

The main section of the Cableway Directive consists of nine chapters with a total of 23 articles, most of them divided up into several paragraphs. Chapter I. General Provisions Article 1 defines the scope of the directive, “This Directive shall apply to cableway installations designed to carry persons,” as well as the term ‘cableway installations’ itself.

The authors distinguish between funicular railways, cable cars and drag lifts. Unlike the national regulations in force in several EU member states, the directive thus clearly classifies draglifts – or surface lifts, to use the more technical term – as a ropeway system.