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RUC rates and transaction fees

The following road user charges (RUC) vehicle types, weight bands and rates are effective from 1 July 2015.

RUC administration fees

An administration fee applies to all types of RUC licence.

Purchasing methodAdministration fee (including GST) per licence
Online $4.80
Counter sales, eg public counter agents and commercial fuel stops $7.80
By phone or fax $8.63
Automatic teller sales, eg digital purchase at a commercial fuel stop agent $6.20
Direct connects, eg industry agents, self service agents and electronic system providers $2.10

Revised RUC administration fees came into effect on 1 November 2014. For more detailed information on the changes to RUC administration fees download the RUC administration fee review guide [PDF, 58 KB] and the RUC administration fee review questions and answers [PDF, 61 KB]

RUC rates for distance licences for powered vehicles (excepting H vehicle types)

RUC vehicle type numberDescription and example
(images are indicative only)
Weight bandsRUC rate
($ per 1000km GST inclusive)
1 Powered vehicles with two axles (except type 2 or type 299 vehicles)

Not more than 3.5 tonnes 62
More than 3.5 tonnes and not more than 6 tonnes 68
More than 6 tonnes and not more than 9 tonnes 138
Any RUC weight more than 9 tonnes 291
2 Powered vehicles with one single-tyred spaced axle and one twin-tyred spaced axle
Not more than 6 tonnes 66
More than 6 tonnes and not more than 9 tonnes 104
More than 9 tonnes and not more than 12 tonnes 142
Any RUC weight more than 12 tonnes 278
311 (Bus) Powered passenger service vehicles with three axles
Not more than 18 tonnes 278
Any weight more than 18 tonnes 372
6 Powered vehicles with three axles, (except type 308, 309, 311 or 399 vehicles)
Not more than 12 tonnes 90
More than 12 tonnes and not more than 18 tonnes 292
Any RUC weight more than 18 tonnes 391
14 Powered vehicles with four axles (except type 408 or type 499 vehicles)

All RUC weights 361
19 Powered vehicles with five or more axles (except type 599 vehicles)
All RUC weights 321
308 Towing vehicles with three axles that are part of a combination vehicle with a total of at least 8 axles
All RUC weights 359
408 Towing vehicles with four axles that are part of a combination vehicle with a total of at least 8 axles
All RUC weights 333
309 Towing vehicles with three axles that are part of a combination vehicle with a total of at least 9 axles
All RUC weights 284

RUC rates for distance licences for unpowered vehicles

RUC vehicle type numberDescriptionWeight bandsRUC rate ($ per 1000km
GST inclusive)
24 Unpowered vehicles with one axle
All RUC weights 114
29 Unpowered vehicles with two twin-tyred, or single large-tyred close axles, (except vehicle type 929)
Not more than 10 tonnes 37
Any RUC weight more than 10 tonnes 125
30 Unpowered vehicles with two twin-tyred spaced axles
Not more than 10 tonnes 37
Any RUC weight more than 10 tonnes 211
28 Unpowered vehicles with two axles (excluding vehicle types 29, 30 and 929)
Not more than 10 tonnes 40
Any RUC weight more than 10 tonnes 257
33 Unpowered vehicles with three twin-tyred, or single large-tyred, close axles (except vehicle type 939)
All RUC weights 168
37 Unpowered vehicles with three axles, (except vehicle types 33 and 939)
Not more than 10 tonnes 37
Any RUC weight more than 10 tonnes 287
43 Unpowered vehicles with four axles
All RUC weights 215
951 Unpowered vehicles with five or more axles
All RUC weights 161
929 Leading trailer with two twin-tyred, or single large-tyred, close axles  All RUC weights 91
939 Leading trailer with three twin-tyred, or single large-tyred, close axles
All RUC weights 61

RUC rates for distance licences for all terrain cranes**

RUC vehicle type numberDescriptionWeight bandsRUC rate ($ per 1000km GST inclusive)
299 Self-powered all-terrain cranes with two axles All RUC weights 251
399 Self-powered all-terrain cranes with three axles All RUC weights 353
499 Self-powered all-terrain cranes with four axles All RUC weights 328
599 Self-powered all-terrain cranes with five axles All RUC weights 288
699 Self-powered all-terrain cranes with six axles All RUC weights
799 Self-powered all-terrain cranes with seven axles All RUC weights
**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.

RUC rates for distance licences for vintage vehicles*

RUC vehicle type numberDescriptionWeight bandsRUC rate ($ per 1000km GST inclusive)
402 Vintage powered vehicle with two axles RUC weight of more than 12 tonnes+ 182
403 Vintage powered vehicle with three axles Any RUC weights 160
404 Vintage powered vehicle with at least four axles Any RUC weights 164
*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 two axles and a RUC weight of 12 tonnes or less remains a RUC vehicle type 1.

RUC rates for distance licences for motor caravans*

RUC vehicle type numberDescriptionWeight bandsRUC rate ($ per 1000km GST inclusive)
413 Motor caravan with three axles RUC weight of more than 18 tonnes 283
414 Motor caravan with four axles Any RUC weight 246
* A motor caravan is a motor vehicle that:
  1. has more than one-half of the vehicle floor area permanently fitted out for accommodation by the inclusion of sleeping and cooking facilities; and 
  2. 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.

RUC rates for distance licences for type H vehicles

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 typeDescriptionRUC rate ($ per 1000km GST inclusive)
H01 Overweight powered passenger service vehicle with 3 axles, with a permit weight of not more than 25 tonnes. 488
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 42,000kg. 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 44,000kg. 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 48,000kg. 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 50,000kg. 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 53,000kg. 845
H77 Towing vehicle that is part of an overweight combination vehicle consisting of a type 14 RUC vehicle towing a type 33 RUC vehicle with a permit weight of more than 44,000kg but not more than 48,000kg. 641 
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 48,000kg. 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 48,000kg but not more than 53,000kg. 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 53,000kg but not more than 58,000kg. 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 48,000kg. 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 48,000kg but not more than 53,000kg. 597
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 48,000kg. 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 48,000kg 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 48,000kg. 321
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 48,000kg but not more than 53,000kg. 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 54,000kg but not more than 58,000kg. 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 50,000kg. 361
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 50,000kg but not more than 54,000kg. 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 54,000kg but not more than 58,000kg. 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 50,000kg. 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 50,000kg but not more than 54,000kg. 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 54,000kg and not more than 58,000kg. 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 50,000kg. 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 50,000kg 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 54,000kg 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 50,000kg. 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 50,000kg 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 54,000kg 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 55,000kg. 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 55,000kg but not more than 60,000kg. 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 55,000kg. 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 55,000kg but not more than 60,000kg. 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 55,000kg. 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 55,000kg but not more than 60,000kg. 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 60,000kg but not more than 63,000kg. 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 55,000kg. 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 55,000kg but not more than 60,000kg. 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 60,000kg but not more than 63,000kg. 286

RUC rates for additional licences for powered vehicles

Additional licences must be purchased for any vehicle operating on an overweight 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
1261419
1000 0.50 0.75 0.46 0.66 0.43
2000 0.75 1.00 0.61 0.81 0.51
3000 1.05 1.30 0.78 0.97 0.62
4000 1.41 1.66 0.96 1.14 0.72
5000 1.85 2.08 1.18 1.34 0.84
6000 2.37 2.56 1.41 1.55 0.97
7000 2.99 3.12 1.67 1.80 1.11
8000 3.72 3.76 1.96 2.05 1.26
9000 4.56 4.49 2.30 2.33 1.43
10,000 5.52 5.32 2.66 2.65 1.61
11,000 6.64 6.26 3.06 2.97 1.80
12,000 7.90 7.30 3.49 3.34 2.01
13,000 9.32 8.47 3.97 3.73 2.23
14,000 10.94 9.78 4.48 4.15 2.47
15,000 12.76 11.21 5.05 4.61 2.72
16,000 14.77 12.81 5.67 5.09 2.99
17,000 17.03 14.56 6.34 5.63 3.29
18,000 19.53 16.50 7.07 6.18 3.59
19,000 22.29 18.61 7.84 6.79 3.93
20,000 25.34 20.92 8.68 7.43 4.28
Each 1000kg
more than
20,000kg
3.34 2.51 0.91 0.69 0.37

RUC rates for additional licences for all-terrain cranes

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
299399499599699799
1000 0.17 0.20 0.36 0.54 0.76 0.89
2000 0.27 0.28 0.45 0.62 0.84 0.98
3000 0.39 0.39 0.55 0.71 0.93 1.07
4000 0.54 0.50 0.64 0.81 1.04 1.17
5000 0.70 0.64 0.76 0.91 1.14 1.26
6000 0.89 0.79 0.88 1.03 1.26 1.38
7000 1.12 0.95 1.02 1.16 1.38 1.48
8000 1.39 1.13 1.17 1.28 1.50 1.60
9000 1.69 1.33 1.33 1.42 1.64 1.72
10,000 2.03 1.55 1.50 1.58 1.77 1.86
11,000 2.42 1.80 1.69 1.73 1.93 2.00
12,000 2.86 2.07 1.90 1.90 2.09 2.14
13,000 3.34 2.36 2.12 2.08 2.26 2.29
14,000 3.90 2.68 2.35 2.28 2.44 2.45
15,000 4.50 3.03 2.60 2.48 2.61 2.61
16,000 5.18 3.41 2.88 2.70 2.81 2.78
17,000 5.92 3.82 3.17 2.93 3.02 2.97
18,000 6.74 4.26 3.48 3.17 3.23 3.16
19,000 7.64 4.75 3.81 3.43 3.47 3.36
20,000 8.63 5.26 4.17 3.71 3.71 3.56
Each 1000kg
more than
20,000kg
1.08 0.57 0.37 0.28 0.25 0.22

RUC rates for additional licences for combination vehicles

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 combination6 axle combination7 axle combination8 axle combination
1000 1.06 0.59 0.39 0.33
2000 1.06 0.59 0.39 0.33
3000 1.06 0.59 0.39 0.33
4000 1.58 0.80 0.64 0.33
5000 1.58 0.80 0.64 0.71
6000 1.58 1.17 0.64 0.71
7000 1.97 1.17 0.64 0.71
8000 1.97 1.17 0.96 0.71
9000 2.45 1.17 0.96 0.71
10,000 2.70 1.62 1.33 1.22
11,000 2.98 1.79 1.33 1.22
12,000 3.27 1.97 1.33 1.22
13,000 3.58 2.16 1.62 1.22
14,000 3.91 2.36 1.78 1.22
15,000 4.27 2.58 1.94 1.60
16,000 4.64 2.81 2.11 1.73
17,000 5.04 3.04 2.30 1.88
18,000 5.45 3.30 2.49 2.03
19,000 5.89 3.56 2.69 2.19
20,000 6.36 3.84 2.91 2.36
Each 1000kg more than 20,000kg 0.49 0.29 0.22 0.18
Additional weight (kgs)$ per km
9 axle combination10 axle combination11 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 0.20 0.03 0.04
8000 0.20 0.03 0.04
9000 0.20 0.03 0.04
10,000 0.20 0.03 0.04
11,000 0.43 0.03 0.04
12,000 0.43 0.29 0.04
13,000 0.43 0.29 0.04
14,000 0.43 0.29 0.04
15,000 0.63 0.29 0.04
16,000 0.71 0.29 0.04
17,000 0.79 0.49 0.17
18,000 0.87 0.49 0.17
19,000 0.96 0.49 0.17
20,000 1.05 0.57 0.21
Each 1000kg more than 20,000kg 0.10 0.07 0.05

Download our handbook

Download our handbook about RUC vehicle types, weight bands and rates [PDF, 1.6 MB]

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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