Some provisions of chapter 316 apply to owners of vehicles, but most of the provisions of chapter 316 apply to drivers and operators. For example Section 316.003(10), Florida Statutes, defines a driver as "any person who drives or who is in actual physical control of a vehicle on a highway or who is exercising control of a vehicle or steering a vehicle being towed by a motor vehicle."
The type of vehicle that is driven, plays a role in the distinction between drivers and operators. The term "driver" and "driving" relate to "vehicles," which include all devices for transportation, except those used exclusively on rails or tracks. See § 316.003(75), Fla. Stat.
On the other hand, Section 316.003(25), Florida Statutes, defines "operator" as any person who is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle upon the highway, or who is exercising control over or steering a vehicle being towed by a motor vehicle."
The term "operator" and "operating" applies to the specific types of "motor vehicles" defined in section 316.003(21) including "a self-propelled vehicle not including any bicycle, motorized scooter, electric personal assistive mobility device, swamp buggy, or moped."