A rail operator is the person who provides or operates a rail vehicle as described above, including:
- a locomotive
- light rail vehicle
- hi-rail vehicle
- maintenance vehicle
- shunting tractor.
Generally, railways with a lesser gauge that are available for public use are considered to be amusement devices and are excluded from requiring a licence under the Railways Act.
Note: For details about operating those, refer to Worksafe NZ’s Amusement devices(external link) page.