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Cableways for the carriage of passengers

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Cableways for the carriage of passengers

This Directive defines a set of essential safety requirements at Community level, as well as inspection and assembly procedures to apply to cableways for the conveyance of passengers and in this way to ensure free movement of such products in the internal market.


Directive 2000/9/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 March 2000 relating to cableway installations designed to carry persons [Official Journal L 106 of 03.05.2000].


Cableways carrying passengers are capital goods which are made up of several components and are designed, manufactured, assembled and commissioned in order to be able to provide a passenger-carrying service.


The installations concerned by this Directive are:

  • funicular railways or other vehicles where traction is provided by one or more cables;
  • cable cars lifted and/or displaced by carrier cables, including gondolas and chair lifts;
  • drag lifts.

This Directive does not apply to:

  • lifts within the meaning of Directive 95/16/EC;
  • cable-operated tramways of traditional construction;
  • installations used for agricultural purposes;
  • equipment for use in fairgrounds or amusement parks which is designed for leisure purposes;
  • mining installations and installations for industrial purposes;
  • cable-operated ferries, rack railways, chain-driven installations.


The directive gives definitions for "installation", "safety component", "main contractor", "operability" and "maintainability".

The Directive determines the objectives or "essential requirements" as regards safety, health, and protection of both the environment and consumers which the equipment described above must meet during their manufacture and before they are placed in service.


European specifications (common technical specifications, European technical approvals or national standards transposing European standards) are drawn up on the basis of essential requirements. They are published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

European harmonised standards are drawn up by European standardisation organisations.

Any system that has been produced in compliance with the European specifications is presumed to meet the essential requirements.

Assessment procedures

The procedures for assessing the compliance of safety components and systems with the essential requirements are based on the modular approach set out in Council Decision 2008/768/EC on CE conformity marking. The assessment of their compliance is a responsibility of the organisations designated by the Member States in accordance with common assessment criteria, who will then notify the Commission and the other Member States. The assessment procedure is initiated at the request of the manufacturer or his representative within the Community in the case of safety components and the main customer or his representative in the case of installations.

Before being placed on the market the equipment must have received the CE Declaration of Conformity, which adds practical form to their compliance with this Directive. This is drawn up by the manufacturer or his representative within the Community in the case of safety components or by the main customer or his representative in the case of installations.

Where the safety components are covered by other Community directives the CE Declaration of Conformity also states that the safety components meet the requirements of those directives.

Member States may not, on their territory and on the basis of this Directive, prohibit, restrict or hamper:

  • the placing on the market of safety components in order to use these in a system,
  • the building and placing in service of installations, which meet the requirements set out in the existing Directive.

Where a Member State ascertains that a safety component bearing the CE conformity marking or an installation authorised and used in accordance with its intended purpose is liable to endanger the safety and health of persons, and, where applicable, the safety of property, it will take all appropriate measures to restrict the conditions of use of the component or exploitation of the installation. The Directive sets out the procedures to be followed.



Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Directive 2000/9/EC



L 106 of 3.5.2000

Publication of the lists of titles and references of European standards meeting the essential requirements set out in Council Directive 2000/9/EC [Official Journal C 97 of 24.4.2003].

Notified bodies

The NANDO database will enable you to find the European notified bodies as well as third country bodies which are responsible for carrying out the conformity assessment procedures referred to in the New Approach directives.

See also

Last updated: 03.02.2011