ALI Reports That New Vehicle Lift Safety Standard Now In Effect

The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has put into place a stronger standard in order for vehicle lifts to receive gold certification. ANSI/ALI ALCTV is the safety standard covering vehicle lift design, construction, testing and validation. The new edition, ANSI/ALI ALCTV: 2017, took effect in July. It replaces ANSI/ALI ALCTV: 2011.

The major design and construction requirements of the standard remain intact, according to ALI. However, updates were made to strengthen the testing that must be performed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory in order to confirm that a lift meets these requirements. Changes include expanding the testing requirements for load-holding devices (also known as latches or locks) and increasing the number of test cycles.

In addition, ANSI/ALI ALCTV: 2017 addresses the difference between lift accessories and lift attachments and clarifies which aspects of the standard apply to each. The current edition also includes a new section on requirements for wireless controls.

According to ALI, all lifts that are certified to meet the current edition of the standard are listed at

Facilities with lifts that were certified to the prior edition of the standard do not need to take any action as a result of the update, according to ALI. However, when shopping for a new lift, the group advises buyers to not assume that a previously certified model is certified to the current edition of the standard. Any lift model that was certified to the 2011 edition of the standard has to be tested to verify that it meets all the new requirements in order to be recertified, according to ALI.