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 will apply to light electric vehicles from April

From 1 April 2024, owners of light electric vehicles will need to buy a road user charges (RUC) licence and display it on their windscreen.

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

RUC for electric vehicles