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Licensing ziplines and canopy tours adds little consumer protection.

Ziplines have been used for more than 100 years to transport people and goods by use of a cable, a pulley, and gravity. More recently, the recreational industry has featured ziplines and “canopy tours” (guided transit of a forest canopy by means of ziplines) as a part of “challenge courses,” adventure activities often located high up on support structures or trees.

A state proposal to regulate zip line tour companies would cost loadfs of money, with unclear benefits to making rides safer. The proposed bill would require annual inspections performed by state elevator inspectors or private inspectors certified by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR). Despite risks inherent in thrill rides, there was insufficient data of serious harm to the public to warrant regulation. Evidence of abusive practices was anecdotal and mostly alleged by industry members against so- called “wildcatters,” facilities that are not constructed and operated per industry safety standards and do not have sufficient insurance coverage.

"Generally, we found the aerial adventure course industry, which includes zip lines and canopy tours, has a good safety record, given that certain risks are inherent in such activities."The department is already backlogged several years on required inspections of 5,000 elevators, and has failed to inspect amusement attractions already under its jurisdiction, the report said."Clearly, the department is not capable of handling its current duties, let alone another inspection program, especially without significant additional resources." 
 
Audit questions benefits of zip line regulation. Licensing ziplines and canopy tours adds little ...

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