Legal demands

Note: This list is not exhaustive.

Machinery directive 2006/42/EC
The safety requirements in the machinery directive have, especially for tail lifts, been analysed and drafted in the following C-type standards by Working Group 4 of the Technical Committee CEN/TC98 under a mandate given by the European commission and the European Free Trade Association.

EN 1756-1:2021 + A1:2008 Tail lifts for goods
EN 1756-2:2004 + A1:2009 Tail lifts for passengers

For machines which have been designed and built according to the requirement of These Standards, the requirement of the C-type standard take precedence. The Norms has status of national standards in CEN member states (EU + e.g. Norway and Switzerland).
A manufacturer’s type test is needed for CE-marking.

EMC Directive 2014/30/EC
To ensure that electrical and electronical equipment does not generate, or is not affected by, electromagnetic disturbance, the demands in 2014/30/EC must be fulfilled.

REACH Directive 1907/2006 /EC
The content of hazardous chemicals must be compliant with the limits in the REACH directive (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals).

RoHS Directive 2011/657EC
The electric and electronic equipment must be compliant with the RoHS directive (Restrictions of Use of Hazardous Substances as e.g. Lead, Cadmium, hexavalent Chromium and Mercury).

Regulation ECE-R55 Mechanical coupling devices
Mechanical coupling devices for trailers, integrated in tail lifts, must be in compliance with this regulation. E-marking can be issued by bodies who are member of ECE government departments.

Regulation ECE-R58 Rear underrun protection devices
Underrun protection devices integrated in tail lifts must be in compliance with this regulation.

Regulation ECE 130/2012 Access and manoeuvrability
Type approval directive 2007/46/EC

The regulation and directive for vehicle bodies must be fulfilled in cases where means for improved access to the body floor (e.g. steps and stairs) are an integral part of tail lifts.

EN 12642 – Securing of cargo on road vehicles
As the tail lift platform can be a part of the cargo securing for the Vehicle, a certificate for the max. pay load with the platform fixed to the lifting mechanism and eventually also fixed to the vehicle body, can be helpful for the body builder.

National traffic safety regulations
Where special national rules (e.g. visibility of platform) in the country, where the vehicle shall be registrated, the national rules must be followed.

PIEK - Noise limitation Standard
Originally Dutch Government set of standards for noise emission during loading and unloading in retail trade and craft business. The PIEK standards are now adapted in several countries. See

ATEX Directive 2014/34/EC
Where tail lifts will be used in environments with risk for explosions (e.g. on ADR certified vehicles), the demands in the ATEX Directive must be fulfilled.

Inspections after commissioning
Inspection after commissioning is national regulated (e.g. BGG945 in Germany). The records of inspections as well as reports of major repairs must be documented in a Handbook provided by the manufacturer.