The aim of the directive is to govern the safe construction and operation of cableway installations. The directive covers funicular railways, cliff lifts, cable cars, gondolas, chair lifts and drag lifts as well as subsystems and safety components. Any cableway built after May 2004 must comply as must any existing cableway modified after this date.
The directive contains administrative and protection requirements. Protection requirements are detailed in the relevant standards. Administrative requirements include a CE logo, a Declaration of Conformity and a Technical File.
This process requires a notified body, of which there are none currently operating in the UK, and an Authorisation body, which in the UK is the Secretary of State for Transport. Notified bodies are required to check whether safety components and subsystems comply with essential requirements of the directive.
Authorisation is achieved through two separate stages. Firstly, the main contractor applies to the Authorisation body, which grants authorization when it is satisfied the system will be safe, complies with essential requirements of the directive and the competence of those involved. They also consider engineering and environmental factors. Secondly, the operator must apply to the Authorisation body that grant authorisation when satisfied the system has been installed correctly and the system for monitoring safety is adequate.