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Anyone using New Zealand’s roads contributes towards their upkeep. Most road users pay levies when they buy fuel. Others, such as drivers of light diesel vehicles and heavy vehicles like trucks, pay through road user charges (RUC).
The Government has re-introduced the 36% reduction in RUC from 1 March 2023 until 30 June 2023.
Find out who pays RUC and how to find your RUC weight.
All RUC vehicles must display distance licences.
Rates for powered and unpowered vehicles.
Electric vehicles, vehicles unsuitable for regular road use, and some light diesel vehicles that are used almost exclusively off-road may be exempt from RUC.
You may be able to get a refund of your unused RUC distance if you've changed your hubodometer, have travelled off the public roads or your vehicle registration has been cancelled.
All RUC vehicles must be fitted with a distance recorder.
Waka Kotahi can issue assessments (an invoice) for any unpaid RUC.
Transport service licence holders, other than a rental service licence holder, must keep and retain records relating to RUC vehicles.