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Transaction fees

A transaction fee applies to each licence sale irrespective of the type of licence purchased.

The transaction fees for these services (GST inclusive) are as follows:

  • Online at www.nzta.govt.nz/online $4.80 per licence
  • Counter sales $7.80 per licence
  • By phone/fax* $5.90 per licence**
  • Automatic teller sales $6.20 per licence**
  • Direct connects $2.10 per licence**

*only available at these phone/fax numbers:
- Phone 0800 00 28 28
- Fax 06 953 6406

** Direct debit authority required.
To use the phone/fax, automatic teller and direct connects services you need to be set up as a direct debit customer. Call the Contact Centre for more details.

RUC rates for distance licences for powered vehicles payable from 1 July 2014 (excepting H vehicle types)

RUC Vehicle type number Description and example
(images are indicative only)
Weight Bands RUC rate
($ per 1000 km GST inclusive)
1 Powered vehicles with 2 axles (except type 2 or type 299 vehicles)


Not more than 3.5 tonnes 58
More than 3.5 tonnes and not more than 6 tonnes 65
More than 6 tonnes and not more than 9 tonnes 126
Any RUC weight more than 9 tonnes 272
2 Powered vehicles with 1 single-tyred spaced axle and 1 twin-tyred spaced axle
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Not more than 6 tonnes 62
More than 6 tonnes and not more than 9 tonnes 95
More than 9 tonnes and not more than 12 tonnes 130
Any RUC weight more than 12 tonnes 267
311 (Bus) Powered passenger service vehicles with 3 axles
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Not more than 18 tonnes 253
Any weight more than 18 tonnes 357
6 Powered vehicles with 3 axles, (except type 308, 309, 311 or 399 vehicles)
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Not more than 12 tonnes 82
More than 12 tonnes and not more than 18 tonnes 266
Any RUC weight more than 18 tonnes 375
14 Powered vehicles with 4 axles (except type 408 or type 499 vehicles)

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All RUC weights 347
19 Powered vehicles with 5 or more axles (except type 599 vehicles)
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All RUC weights 305
308 Towing vehicles with 3 axles that are part of a combination vehicle with a total of at least 8 axles
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All RUC weights 345
408 Towing vehicles with 4 axles that are part of a combination vehicle with a total of at least 8 axles
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All RUC weights 320
309 Towing vehicles with 3 axles that are part of a combination vehicle with a total of at least 9 axles
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All RUC weights 267

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RUC rates for distance licences for unpowered vehicles payable from 1 July 2014

RUC Vehicle type number Description Weight Bands RUC rate ($ per 1000 km
GST inclusive)
24 Unpowered vehicles with 1 axle
All RUC weights 109
29 Unpowered vehicles with 2 twin-tyred, or single large-tyred close axles, (except vehicle type 929)
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Not more than 10 tonnes 34
Any RUC weight more than 10 tonnes 120
30 Unpowered vehicles with 2 twin-tyred spaced axles
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Not more than 10 tonnes 34
Any RUC weight more than 10 tonnes 203
28 Unpowered vehicles with 2 axles (excluding vehicle types 29, 30 and 929)
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Not more than 10 tonnes 37
Any RUC weight more than 10 tonnes 234
33 Unpowered vehicles with 3 twin-tyred, or single large-tyred, close axles (except vehicle type 939)
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All RUC weights 161
37 Unpowered vehicles with 3 axles, (except vehicle types 33 and 939)
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Not more than 10 tonnes 34
Any RUC weight more than 10 tonnes 276
43 Unpowered vehicles with 4 axles
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All RUC weights 206
951 Unpowered vehicles with 5 or more axles
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All RUC weights 155
929 Leading trailer with 2 twin-tyred, or single large-tyred, close axles
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All RUC weights 87
939 Leading trailer with 3 twin-tyred, or single large-tyred, close axles
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All RUC weights 61

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RUC rates for distance licences for all terrain cranes** payable from 1 July 2014

RUC Vehicle type number Description Weight Bands RUC rate ($ per 1000 km GST inclusive)
299 Self-powered all-terrain cranes with 2 axles All RUC weights 251
399 Self-powered all-terrain cranes with 3 axles All RUC weights 353
499 Self-powered all-terrain cranes with 4 axles All RUC weights 328
599 Self-powered all-terrain cranes with 5 axles All RUC weights 288
699 Self-powered all-terrain cranes with 6 axles All RUC weights 288
799 Self-powered all-terrain cranes with 7 axles All RUC weights 288
**An all-terrain crane is a non-load-carrying self-propelled vehicle designed solely or principally for lifting objects using a boom with lifting gear and with a tyre contact area of more than 1500cm2 per tyre.

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RUC rates for distance licences for vintage vehicles* payable from 1 July 2014

RUC Vehicle type number Description Weight Bands RUC rate ($ per 1000 km GST inclusive)
402 Vintage powered vehicle with 2 axles RUC weight of more than 12 tonnes+ 175
403 Vintage powered vehicle with 3 axles Any RUC weights 154
404 Vintage powered vehicle with at least 4 axles Any RUC weights 157
*A vintage powered vehicle means a motor vehicle that is more than 40 years old on the date that it is registered, reregistered or licensed, and is not used for commercial purposes.
+Note: a vintage powered vehicle with 2 axles and a RUC weight of 12 tonnes or less remains a RUC vehicle type 1.

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RUC rates for distance licences for motor caravans* payable from 1 July 2014

RUC Vehicle type number Description Weight Bands RUC rate ($ per 1000 km GST inclusive)
413 Motor Caravan with 3 axles RUC weight of more than 18 tonnes 272
414 Motor Caravan with 4 axles Any RUC weight 236
* A motor caravan is a motor vehicle that:
i. has more than one-half of the vehicle floor area permanently fitted out for accommodation by the inclusion of sleeping and cooking facilities; and
ii. is registered as a motor caravan on the register of motor vehicles maintained under section 234 of the Land Transport Act 1998;
but does not include a combination vehicle.

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RUC rates for distance licences for Type H vehicles payable from 1 July 2014

These licences substitute for the standard type licences for the powered vehicles. They are to be used in combination with the appropriate standard licences for the related trailers.

H vehicle type Description RUC rate ($ per 1000 km GST inclusive)
H61 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 6 RUC vehicle towing a type 33 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 42,000 kg. 598
H62 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 6 RUC vehicle towing a type 33 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 44,000 kg. 723
H71 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 6 RUC vehicle towing a type 43 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 48,000 kg. 594
H72 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 6 RUC vehicle towing a type 929 RUC vehicle and a type 29 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 48,000 kg. 594
H73 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 6 RUC vehicle towing a type 43 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 50,000 kg. 641
H74 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 6 RUC vehicle towing a type 43 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 53,000 kg. 845
H81 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 43 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 48,000 kg. 410
H82 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 43 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 48,000 kg but not more than 53,000 kg. 593
H83 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 43 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 53,000 kg but not more than 58,000 kg. 850
H84 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 6 RUC vehicle towing a type 939 RUC vehicle and a type 29 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 48,000 kg. 425
H85 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 6 RUC vehicle towing a type 939 RUC vehicle and a type 29 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 48,000 kg but not more than 53,000 kg. 597
H86 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 6 RUC vehicle towing a type 939 RUC vehicle and a type 29 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 53,000 kg but not more than 58,000 kg. 882
H87 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 929 RUC vehicle and a type 29 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 48,000 kg. 410
H88 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 929 RUC vehicle and a type 29 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 48,000 kg but not more than 53,000kg. 593
H89 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 929 RUC vehicle and a type 29 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 53,000 kg but not more than 58,000kg. 850
H75 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 6 RUC vehicle towing a type 951 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 48,000 kg. 451
H76 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 6 RUC vehicle towing a type 951 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 48,000 kg but not more than 53,000kg. 623
H91 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 19 RUC vehicle towing a type 43 RUC vehicle and with a permit weight of not more than 48,000 kg. 305
H92 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 19 RUC vehicle towing a type 43 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 48,000 kg but not more than 53,000 kg. 424
H93 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 19 RUC vehicle towing a type 43 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 54,000 kg but not more than 58,000 kg. 570
H94 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 951 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 50,000 kg. 347
H95 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 951 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 50,000 kg but not more than 54,000 kg. 474
H96 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 951 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 54,000 kg but not more than 58,000 kg. 620
H97 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 6 RUC vehicle towing a type 939 RUC vehicle and a type 33 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 50,000 kg. 284
H98 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 6 RUC vehicle towing a type 939 RUC vehicle and a type 33 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 50,000 kg but not more than 54,000 kg. 408
H99 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 6 RUC vehicle towing a type 939 RUC vehicle and a type 33 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 54,000 kg and not more than 58,000 kg. 554
H30 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 929 RUC vehicle and a type 33 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 50,000 kg. 259
H31 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 929 RUC vehicle and a type 33 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 50,000 kg but not more than 54,000kg. 383
H32 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 929 RUC vehicle and a type 33 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 54,000 kg but not more than 58,000kg. 529
H33 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 939 RUC vehicle and a type 29 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 50,000 kg. 324
H34 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 939 RUC vehicle and a type 29 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 50,000 kg but not more than 54,000kg. 448
H35 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 939 RUC vehicle and a type 29 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 54,000 kg but not more than 58,000kg. 594
H11 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 939 RUC vehicle and a type 33 RUC vehicle with a permit weight not more than 55,000 kg. 321
H12 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 939 RUC vehicle and a type 33 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 55,000 kg but not more than 60,000 kg. 474
H14 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 6 RUC vehicle towing a type 43 RUC vehicle and a type 33 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 55,000 kg. 179
H15 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 6 RUC vehicle towing a type 43 RUC vehicle and a type 33 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 55,000 kg but not more than 60,000 kg. 332
H36 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 19 RUC vehicle towing a type 951 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 55,000 kg. 387
H37 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 19 RUC vehicle towing a type 951 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 55,000 kg but not more than 60,000 kg. 540
H38 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 19 RUC vehicle towing a type 951 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 60,000 kg but not more than 63,000 kg. 653
H17 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 43 RUC vehicle and a type 33 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 55,000 kg. 105
H18 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 43 RUC vehicle and a type 33 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 55,000 kg but not more than 60,000 kg. 211
H19 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 43 RUC vehicle and a type 33 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 60,000 kg but not more than 63,000 kg. 286

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RUC rates for additional licences for powered vehicles payable from 1 July 2014

Additional licences must be purchased for any vehicle operating on an over-weight permit. The weights shown refer to the amount of additional weight allowed under the permit.

These licences are in addition to the standard licences that must also be carried by the vehicles concerned at all times.

Rates of road user charges for additional licences for powered RUC vehicles ($ per km GST inclusive)

Additional weight (kg) Vehicle type
1 2 6 14 19
1000 0.48 0.71 0.44 0.63 0.41
2000 0.71 0.95 0.58 0.77 0.49
3000 1.00 1.24 0.74 0.92 0.59
4000 1.34 1.58 0.91 1.09 0.69
5000 1.76 1.98 1.12 1.28 0.80
6000 2.26 2.44 1.34 1.48 0.92
7000 2.85 2.97 1.59 1.71 1.06
8000 3.54 3.58 1.87 1.95 1.20
9000 4.34 4.28 2.19 2.22 1.36
10,000 5.26 5.07 2.53 2.52 1.53
11,000 6.32 5.96 2.91 2.83 1.71
12,000 7.52 6.95 3.32 3.18 1.91
13,000 8.88 8.07 3.78 3.55 2.12
14,000 10.42 9.31 4.27 3.95 2.35
15,000 12.15 10.68 4.81 4.39 2.59
16,000 14.07 12.20 5.40 4.85 2.85
17,000 16.22 13.87 6.04 5.36 3.13
18,000 18.60 15.71 6.73 5.89 3.42
19,000 21.23 17.72 7.47 6.47 3.74
20,000 24.13 19.92 8.27 7.08 4.08
Each 1000kg
more than
20,000kg
3.18 2.39 0.87 0.66 0.35

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RUC rates for additional licences for all-terrain cranes payable from 1 July 2014

Additional licences must be purchased for any vehicle operating on an over-weight permit. The weights shown refer to the amount of additional weight allowed under the permit.

These licences are in addition to the standard licences that must also be carried by the vehicles concerned at all times.

Rates of road user charges for additional licences for all-terrain cranes ($ per km GST inclusive)

Additional weight (kg) Vehicle type
299 399 499 599 699 799
1000 0.16 0.19 0.34 0.51 0.72 0.85
2000 0.26 0.27 0.43 0.59 0.80 0.93
3000 0.37 0.37 0.52 0.68 0.89 1.02
4000 0.51 0.48 0.61 0.77 0.99 1.11
5000 0.67 0.61 0.72 0.87 1.09 1.20
6000 0.85 0.75 0.84 0.98 1.20 1.31
7000 1.07 0.90 0.97 1.10 1.31 1.41
8000 1.32 1.08 1.11 1.22 1.43 1.52
9000 1.61 1.27 1.27 1.35 1.56 1.64
10,000 1.93 1.48 1.43 1.50 1.69 1.77
11,000 2.30 1.71 1.61 1.65 1.84 1.90
12,000 2.72 1.97 1.81 1.81 1.99 2.04
13,000 3.18 2.25 2.02 1.98 2.15 2.18
14,000 3.71 2.55 2.24 2.17 2.32 2.33
15,000 4.29 2.89 2.48 2.36 2.49 2.49
16,000 4.93 3.25 2.74 2.57 2.68 2.65
17,000 5.64 3.64 3.02 2.79 2.88 2.83
18,000 6.42 4.06 3.31 3.02 3.08 3.01
19,000 7.28 4.52 3.63 3.27 3.30 3.20
20,000 8.22 5.01 3.97 3.53 3.53 3.39
Each 1000kg
more than
20,000kg
1.03 0.54 0.35 0.27 0.24 0.21

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RUC rates for additional licences for combination vehicles payable from 1 July 2014

Additional licences must be purchased for any combination vehicle operating on an over-weight permit. The weights shown refer to the amount of additional weight allowed under the permit. These licences are in addition to the standard licences that must also be carried by the vehicles concerned at all times.

Charges for additional licences for combination vehicles ($ per km GST inclusive).

Additional weight (kgs) $ per km
5 axle combination 6 axle combination 7 axle combination 8 axle combination
1000 1.01 0.56 0.37 0.31
2000 1.01 0.56 0.37 0.31
3000 1.01 0.56 0.37 0.31
4000 1.50 0.76 0.61 0.31
5000 1.50 0.76 0.61 0.68
6000 1.50 1.11 0.61 0.68
7000 1.88 1.11 0.61 0.68
8000 1.88 1.11 0.91 0.68
9000 2.33 1.11 0.91 0.68
10,000 2.57 1.54 1.27 1.16
11,000 2.84 1.71 1.27 1.16
12,000 3.12 1.88 1.27 1.16
13,000 3.41 2.06 1.54 1.16
14,000 3.73 2.25 1.69 1.16
15,000 4.06 2.46 1.85 1.52
16,000 4.42 2.67 2.01 1.65
17,000 4.80 2.90 2.19 1.79
18,000 5.19 3.14 2.37 1.94
19,000 5.61 3.39 2.57 2.09
20,000 6.06 3.66 2.77 2.25
Each 1000kg more than 20,000kg 0.47 0.21 0.21 0.17
Additional weight (kgs) $ per km
9 axle combination 10 axle combination 11 axle combination
1000 0.02 0.03 0.04
2000 0.02 0.03 0.04
3000 0.02 0.03 0.04
4000 0.02 0.03 0.04
5000 0.02 0.03 0.04
6000 0.02 0.03 0.04
7000 0.19 0.03 0.04
8000 0.19 0.03 0.04
9000 0.19 0.03 0.04
10,000 0.19 0.03 0.04
11,000 0.41 0.03 0.04
12,000 0.41 0.28 0.04
13,000 0.41 0.28 0.04
14,000 0.41 0.28 0.04
15,000 0.60 0.28 0.04
16,000 0.67 0.28 0.04
17,000 0.75 0.47 0.16
18,000 0.83 0.47 0.16
19,000 0.91 0.47 0.16
20,000 1.00 0.54 0.20
Each 1000kg more than 20,000kg 0.09 0.07 0.05

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You can also download our handbook about RUC vehicle types, weight bands and rates:

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Waiver or refund of RUC

Under section 33 of the Road User Charges Act 2012, the Transport Agency (as RUC collector) may waive or refund road user charges if satisfied that the vehicle will, or is likely to pay excessive road user charges.

In deciding whether to waive charges, the Transport Agency may only consider the road wear that is likely to be caused by the owner's RUC vehicle.

Applications under section 33 will generally be considered where the axle configuration or the wheel type and/or tyre size differ from the norm for the allocated RUC vehicle type. Even when these do differ, a waiver or refund will not necessarily be applied.

Certain factors will not usually be considered under section 33. These include:

  • whatever sits above the vehicle chassis – unless there are legal limitations that apply to whatever sits above the vehicle chassis
  • the purpose for which a vehicle is used
  • the fact that a vehicle operates in the lower part of, or below, its allocated weight band. (The rates in the new legislation are set for an average of the weight band and are intended to apply to all vehicles within a band regardless of the actual weight.)
  • the age of a vehicle and/or the fact that it always travels unladen.

The Transport Agency has absolute discretion in its decision to waive part of the road user charges under section 33.

Once a decision is made, there is no ability to apply for a review of that decision. You may seek a judicial review with the High Court. If you choose to do this it is advisable to seek legal guidance.

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