Road user charges (RUC)

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).

RUC now applies to light electric vehicles

If you have a light electric vehicle, you have until 31 May 2024 to buy your first road user charges (RUC) licence and display it on your windscreen.

This includes plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). It doesn't include petrol hybrids that can’t plug in to recharge. 

RUC for electric vehicles