The legal requirements for your automatic driveway gates

Do you know the legal requirements for your automatic driveway gates?

All of our automated gates are manufactured according to a strict process and meet

all legal requirements. We also strongly recommend regular maintenance and

servicing, which we can provide, to ensure your system remains safe and legally

compliant after installation.


In 2010, two children lost their lives due to faulty automated gates, in separate

incidents. Here at Ironcraft, we take gate safety incredibly seriously – in fact, we are

proud to be an official Gate Safe Installer. We are also accredited by a number of

leading health and safety construction and gate safety organisations.


That means if your automated gates were made and fitted by our expert team, you’re in safe hands. 


Under the current Machinery Directives Regulations and EN12605, it is now a legal

requirement that automation systems are fully compliant when installed, and are

subject to regular service procedures thereafter. As such, our automated gates all

come with a 12-month guarantee, and once this has expired we offer a choice of

annual maintenance reminders. We feel that this is a hugely important issue, and

regular services ensure that your system remains safe and legal. It is important to

service your gate, especially in a domestic setting, as they are often used more



The full safety service includes:

● Greasing all motor parts and gate hinges

● Cleaning all safety equipment, including photocells

● Checking all hardware, nuts, fixings and welding, checking and adjusting any

settings and differences in alignment

● Multipoint Force Test that includes logging results and raising paperwork,

computer analysis for safety against crushing, and a full assessment of other

potential risk areas involving safety against pedestrian entrapment and

possible crushing zones.

● Cleaning of all accessories, keypads, intercoms and locks, and the cleaning

and lubricating of manual release mechanisms.


We also encourage you to check your gates regularly for any obvious wear and tear

yourself and we can then arrange a service if you notice anything that’s not right. By

carrying out automated gate repairs as and when required, you will help to keep your

gates working safely at all times, as well as staying compliant with all laws and safety



Are you concerned about your automated gates, or unsure about the last time they

were serviced? Call our friendly team today on 01455 847 548 or email us.