In Europe, cableway installations are built in compliance with EU regulations. However, uniform regulations applying worldwide are lacking. The photo shows an installation in Tbilisi, Georgia. Photo: pixabay
Uniform regulations worldwide are necessary!
Members of the engineering company BRANDNER from Innsbruck are experts in the area of cable conveyor system planning. And they know perfectly compliance with EU regulations in the field of cableway construction. But these regulations do not apply worldwide
In principle, cableways are a means of public transport. This fact makes their safety a top priority. And not only in relation to passengers but also to the cableway operator’s personnel who daily run and regularly maintain the installations. To guarantee that the same safety standards apply to cableways in all EU countries, stringent regulations were adopted in the past.
Implementation of these standards followed in 2003 through adoption of the EC Cableway Installations Regulations 2003. Currently, the EU Regulation on Cableway Installations is in force which directly implements such regulations. Parallel to this development, European technical standards for cableways were adopted (and subsequently revised in the last few years), constituting a uniform technical regulation framework. “These EU regulations are very important,” emphasizes cableway planner Andreas Brandner, “they are up-to-date and provide good practical tools for all those involved in cableway planning or construction and operation.”
Global regulations are lacking
But how is the situation outside the EU? Are there any global uniform standards and legal regulations? The cableway planner continues: “A tourist probably assumes that the same safety regulations that apply to a cableway in Austria apply also in China, South America or Russia”.
Andreas Brandner can see great potential for cableways in Nepal, especially as a means of transport in poorly accessible areas. Photo: Pixabay
But unfortunately, this is not the case in reality. Brandner observes that global regulations are lacking. “It is something that absolutely needs to be changed,” pleads Brandner but, at the same time, he points out successful efforts of the OITAF which constantly pushes for such global unification of cableway regulations. Holding an OITAF Congress in Rio de Janeiro was one important step towards this goal.
The congress was held in October 2011 and largely focused on the subject of safety. But cooperation in this direction does exists among non-European countries. Especially the collaboration with North America has been very good, says Brandner. The engineering company Brandner, with its headquarters in Innsbruck, is active not only in Austria and its neighboring countries. Their team has already built a good reputation with numerous reference projects.
Andreas Brandner would now like to carry this know-how into the world. He outlines his plans for the future: “One thing I would be very much interested in is building cableways in Nepal. For one thing, transport options in this mountain region are very limited, for another, cableways could open up many areas, towns and even individual farms. Construction of roads in this country is very expensive. The cost of building and running a cableway, on the other hand, is relatively low!”