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Keeping our railways safe for everyone is our number one priority. The National Information and Monitoring System (NIMS) simplifies the process of applying for a new safety permit or renewing your existing permit. NIMS was established as an effective monitoring mechanism and source of up-to-date rail safety information.

Applying for and renewing
your safety permit

New operators must apply three months before operation.
Existing operators must apply three months prior to the expiry of their safety permit.


Operator submits application


RSR performs audit


The permit is granted*
*If the operator meets all safety requirements

If the operator does not meet the safety requirements:

New operators will not be granted a safety permit. In the case of existing operators, if the audit reveals safety compliance issues, there are three possible outcomes. The RSR may issue:

Improvement Directive

Non-Compliance Order

Prohibition Directive