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RUC rates and transaction fees

The RUC rates reduction has ended

In March 2022 the government announced a transport package to support New Zealanders through the global energy crisis. 

The package included a 36 percent cut to RUC rates that ended on 31 January 2023. 

More information about the road user charges rates reduction scheme

Road user charges rates

Check the tables below to see the rates for your vehicle type:

Read the Road User Charges (Rates) Amendment Regulations 2020(external link)

RUC licences for heavy vehicles with a GVM of over 3.5 tonne will expire one month after any rate increase.

This means within one month of a rate change when buying a new RUC licence an operator is required to buy an ‘overlap’ licence that starts from the current hubodometer reading. The end distance of this licence must exceed or be equal to the current licence end distance.

Any unused portion of the current licence is automatically credited against the cost of the new licence.

RUC licences for light vehicles (3.5 tonnes and under) will not expire.

RUC administration fees

An administration fee applies to all types of RUC licence.

Purchasing method Administration fee (including GST) per licence
Online $4.80
Counter sales at agents $7.80

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

RUC rates are $ per 1000km, GST inclusive

RUC vehicle type number Description and example
(images are indicative only)
Weight bands RUC rate from 1 February 2023 RUC rate
from 21 April 2022 to 31 January 2023
1 Powered vehicles with two axles (except type 2 or type 299 vehicles)

Not more than 3.5 tonnes 76 49
More than 3.5 tonnes and not more than 6 tonnes 82 52
More than 6 tonnes and not more than 9 tonnes 167 107
Any RUC weight more than 9 tonnes 352 225
2 Powered vehicles with one single-tyred spaced axle and one twin-tyred spaced axle
Not more than 6 tonnes 80 51
More than 6 tonnes and not more than 9 tonnes 126 81
More than 9 tonnes and not more than 12 tonnes 172 110
Any RUC weight more than 12 tonnes 315 202
311 (Bus) Powered passenger service vehicles with three axles
Not more than 18 tonnes 336 215
Any weight more than 18 tonnes 413 264
6 Powered vehicles with three axles, (except type 308, 309, 311, 399 or 413 vehicles)
Not more than 12 tonnes 110 70
More than 12 tonnes and not more than 18 tonnes 356 228
Any RUC weight more than 18 tonnes 434 278
14 Powered vehicles with four axles (except type 408, 414 or type 499 vehicles)

All RUC weights 435 278
19 Powered vehicles with five or more axles (except type 599 vehicles)
All RUC weights 389 249
308 Towing vehicles with three axles that are part of a combination vehicle with a total of at least 8 axles
All RUC weights 431 276
408 Towing vehicles with four axles that are part of a combination vehicle with a total of at least 8 axles
All RUC weights 401 257
309 Towing vehicles with three axles that are part of a combination vehicle with a total of at least 9 axles
All RUC weights 346 221

RUC rates for distance licences for powered vehicles [PDF, 415 KB]

RUC rates for distance licences for unpowered vehicles

RUC rates are $ per 1000km, GST inclusive

RUC vehicle type number Description Weight bands RUC rate from 1 February 2023 RUC rate
from 21 April 2022 to 31 January 2023
24 Unpowered vehicles with one axle
All RUC weights 126 81
28 Unpowered vehicles with two axles (except vehicle types 29, 30 and 929)
Not more than 10 tonnes 48 31
Any RUC weight more than 10 tonnes 311 199
29 Unpowered vehicles with two twin-tyred, or single large-tyred close axles, (except vehicle type 929)
Not more than 10 tonnes 41 26
Any RUC weight more than 10 tonnes 139 89
30 Unpowered vehicles with two twin-tyred spaced axles
Not more than 10 tonnes 41 26
Any RUC weight more than 10 tonnes 234 150
33 Unpowered vehicles with three twin-tyred, or single large-tyred, close axles (except vehicle type 939)
All RUC weights 186 119
37 Unpowered vehicles with three axles, (except vehicle types 33 and 939)
Not more than 10 tonnes 44 28
Any RUC weight more than 10 tonnes 318 204
43 Unpowered vehicles with four axles
All RUC weights 238 152
951 Unpowered vehicles with five or more axles
All RUC weights 179 115
929 Leading trailer with two twin-tyred, or single large-tyred, close axles All RUC weights 101 65
939 Leading trailer with three twin-tyred, or single large-tyred, close axles
All RUC weights 67 43

RUC rates for distance licences for unpowered vehicles [PDF, 396 KB]

RUC rates for distance licences for all-terrain cranes

RUC rates are $ per 1000km, GST inclusive

RUC vehicle type number Description Weight bands RUC rate
from 1 February 2023
RUC rate
from 21 April 2022 to 31 January 2023
299 Self-powered all-terrain cranes with two axles All RUC weights 279 179
399 Self-powered all-terrain cranes with three axles All RUC weights 392 251
499 Self-powered all-terrain cranes with four axles All RUC weights 364 233
599 Self-powered all-terrain cranes with five axles All RUC weights 320 205
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 all-terrain cranes [PDF, 41 KB]

RUC for cranes

The details of how RUC applies to mobile cranes, and how RUC is calculated are outlined in a Waka Kotahi information sheet.

Road user charges for mobile cranes [PDF, 2 MB]

RUC rates for distance licences for vintage vehicles

RUC rates are $ per 1000km, GST inclusive

RUC vehicle type number Description Weight bands RUC rate
from 1 February 2023
RUC rate
from 21 April 2022 to 31 January 2023
402 Vintage powered vehicle with two axles RUC weight of more than 12 tonnes+ 222 142
403 Vintage powered vehicle with three axles Any RUC weights 195 125
404 Vintage powered vehicle with at least four axles Any RUC weights 200 128

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 vintage vehicles [PDF, 41 KB]

RUC rates for distance licences for motor caravans

RUC rates are $ per 1000km, GST inclusive

RUC vehicle type number Description Weight bands RUC rate
from 1 February 2023
RUC rate
from 21 April 2022 to 31 January 2023
413 Motor caravan with three axles RUC weight of more than 18 tonnes 314 201
414 Motor caravan with four axles Any RUC weight 273 175

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 motor caravans [PDF, 41 KB]

RUC rates for distance licences for overweight specialist RUC vehicles

RUC rates are $ per 1000km, GST inclusive

RUC vehicle type number Description RUC rate
 from 1 February 2023
RUC rate
from 21 April 2022 to 31 January 2023
660 Overweight 2-axle specialist vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 16,000kg. 552 353
661 Overweight 2-axle specialist vehicle with a permit weight of more than 16,000 kg but not more than 18,000kg. 837 536
662 Overweight 3-axle specialist vehicle (other than a passenger service vehicle) with a permit weight of not more than 23,000kg. 541 346
663 Overweight 3-axle specialist vehicle (other than a passenger service vehicle) with a permit weight of more than 23,000kg but not more than 25,000kg. 775 496
664 Overweight 4-axle specialist vehicle with a permit weight of not more than 27,000kg. 616 394
665 Overweight 4-axle specialist vehicle with a permit weight of more than 27,000kg but not more than 29,000kg. 782 500
666 Overweight 2-axle specialist vehicle with a permit weight of more than 18,000kg but not more than 20,000kg. 1087 696

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.

RUC rates are $ per 1000km, GST inclusive

H vehicle type Description RUC rate
from 1 February 2023
RUC rate
from 21 April 2022 to 31 January 2023
H01 Overweight powered passenger service vehicle with 3 axles, with a permit weight of not more than 25 tonnes. 541 346
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. 663 424
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. 801  513
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. 658 421
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. 711 455 
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. 937 600
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. 711 455
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. 455 291 
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. 657 420 
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. 942 603 
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. 472 302 
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. 662 424 
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. 500 320 
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. 691 442 
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 50,000kg. 389 249 
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 50,000kg but not more than 54,000kg. 470 301
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. 632 404 
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. 435 278 
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. 525 336 
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. 688 440 
H63 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 58,000kg but not more than 62,000kg. 842 539 
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. 346 221 
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. 453 290 
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. 614 393 
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 48,000kg. 659 422 
H78 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 more than 48,000kg but not more than 50,000kg. 712 456
H79 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 more than 50,000kg but not more than 52,000kg. 938 600 
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. 287 184 
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. 424 271 
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. 587 376 
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. 359 230 
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. 497 318 
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. 658 421 
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. 356 228
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. 525 336 
H13 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 60,000kg but not more than 63,000kg.. 650 416 
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. 198 127 
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. 369 236 
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. 430 275 
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. 599 383
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. 724 463 
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. 117 75
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. 234 150
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. 317 203

RUC rates for distance licences for type H vehicles [PDF, 50 KB]

RUC rates for additional licences for powered vehicles

Additional licences must be bought 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 rates from 1 February 2023

Additional weight (kg) Vehicle type
1 2 6 14 19
1000 0.56 0.83 0.52 0.74 0.47
2000 0.83 1.12 0.67 0.90 0.57
3000 1.17 1.44 0.86 1.07 0.68
4000 1.57 1.84 1.06 1.26 0.80
5000 2.05 2.31 1.31 1.48 0.94
6000 2.63 2.84 1.57 1.73 1.07
7000 3.32 3.46 1.85 2.00 1.23
8000 4.13 4.18 2.18 2.27 1.40
9000 5.06 4.99 2.56 2.59 1.59
10,000 6.13 5.91 2.96 2.95 1.79
11,000 7.38 6.95 3.40 3.30 2.00
12,000 8.77 8.11 3.88 3.71 2.23
13,000 10.35 9.41 4.41 4.15 2.47
14,000 12.15 10.87 4.98 4.61 2.75
15,000 14.17 12.46 5.61 5.12 3.02
16,000 16.41 14.23 6.30 5.65 3.32
17,000 18.92 16.17 7.04 6.25 3.65
18,000 21.69 18.33 7.86 6.87 3.99
19,000 24.77 20.67 8.71 7.54 4.37
20,000 28.15 23.24 9.65 8.26 4.76
Each 1000kg
more than
20,000kg
3.69 2.79 1.01 0.77 0.41

RUC rates for additional licences for powered vehicles [PDF, 42 KB]

Additional RUC rates between 21 April 2022 and 31 January 2023

Additional weight (kg) Vehicle type
1 2 6 14 19
1000 0.36 0.53 0.33   0.47 0.30
2000 0.53 0.72 0.43  0.58  0.36 
3000 0.75 0.92 0.55  0.68  0.44 
4000 1.00 1.18 0.68  0.81  0.51 
5000 1.31 1.48 0.84  0.95  0.60 
6000 1.68 1.82 1.00  1.11  0.68 
7000 2.12 2.21 1.18  1.28  0.79 
8000 2.64 2.68 1.40  1.45  0.90 
9000 3.24 3.19 1.64  1.66  1.02 
10,000 3.92 3.78 1.89  1.89  1.15 
11,000 4.72 4.45 2.18  2.11  1.28 
12,000 5.61 5.19 2.48  2.37  1.43 
13,000 6.62 6.02 2.82  2.66  1.58 
14,000 7.78 6.96 3.19  2.95  1.76 
15,000 9.07 7.97 3.59  3.28  1.93 
16,000 10.50 9.11 4.03  3.62  2.12 
17,000 12.11 10.35 4.51  4.00  2.34 
18,000 13.88 11.73 5.03  4.40  2.55 
19,000 15.85 13.23 5.57  4.83  2.80 
20,000 18.02 14.87 6.18  5.29  3.05 
Each 1000kg
more than
20,000kg
2.36 1.79 0.65  0.49  0.26 

RUC rates for additional licences for all-terrain cranes

Additional licences must be bought 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 rates from 1 February 2023

Additional weight (kg) Vehicle type
299 399 499 599 699 799
1000 0.19 0.22 0.40 0.60 0.84 0.99
2000 0.29 0.32 0.49 0.68 0.94 1.08
3000 0.43 0.43 0.61 0.79 1.03 1.19
4000 0.60 0.56 0.72 0.90 1.16 1.30
5000 0.78 0.72 0.84 1.01 1.26 1.40
6000 0.99 0.87 0.98 1.15 1.40 1.54
7000 1.24 1.05 1.14 1.28 1.54 1.64
8000 1.55 1.25 1.30 1.42 1.66 1.78
9000 1.87 1.47 1.47 1.58 1.82 1.91
10,000 2.25 1.73 1.66 1.76 1.97 2.06
11,000 2.69 2.00 1.87 1.93 2.15 2.22
12,000 3.18 2.30 2.11 2.11 2.32 2.38
13,000 3.71 2.62 2.36 2.31 2.51 2.55
14,000 4.33 2.98 2.61 2.54 2.71 2.72
15,000 5.00 3.37 2.89 2.76 2.90 2.90
16,000 5.75 3.79 3.20 3.00 3.12 3.09
17,000 6.58 4.24 3.52 3.25 3.36 3.30
18,000 7.49 4.73 3.86 3.52 3.59 3.51
19,000 8.49 5.28 4.23 3.81 3.85 3.73
20,000 9.58 5.84 4.63 4.12 4.12 3.96
Each 1000kg
more than
20,000kg
1.20 0.63 0.41 0.32 0.27 0.24

RUC rates for additional licences for all-terrain cranes [PDF, 44 KB]

Additional rates from 21 April 2022 to 31 January 2023

Additional weight (kg) Vehicle type
299 399 499 599 699 799
1000 0.12 0.14 0.26 0.38  0.54  0.63 
2000 0.19 0.20  0.31  0.44  0.60  0.69 
3000 0.28 0.28  0.39  0.51  0.66  0.76 
4000 0.38 0.36  0.46  0.58 0.74  0.83 
5000 0.50 0.46  0.54  0.65 0.81  0.90 
6000 0.63 0.56  0.63  0.74 0.90  0.99 
7000 0.79 0.67  0.73  0.82 0.99  1.05 
8000 0.99 0.80  0.83  0.91 1.06  1.14 
9000 1.20 0.94  0.94  1.01 1.16  1.22 
10,000 1.44 1.11  1.06  1.13 1.26  1.32 
11,000 1.72 1.28  1.20  1.24 1.38  1.42 
12,000 2.04 1.47  1.35  1.35 1.48  1.52 
13,000 2.37 1.68  1.51  1.48 1.61  1.63 
14,000 2.77 1.91  1.67  1.63 1.73  1.74 
15,000 3.20 2.16  1.85  1.77 1.86  1.86 
16,000 3.68 2.43  2.05  1.92 2.00  1.98 
17,000 4.21 2.71  2.25  2.08 2.15  2.11 
18,000 4.79 3.03  2.47  2.25 2.30  2.25 
19,000 5.43 3.38  2.71  2.44 2.46 

2.39

20,000 6.13 3.74  2.96  2.64  2.64  2.53 
Each 1000kg
more than
20,000kg
0.77 0.40  0.26  0.20  0.17  0.15 

RUC rates for additional licences for combination vehicles

Additional licences must be bought 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 rates from 1 February 2023

Additional weight (kgs) $ per km
5 axle combination 6 axle combination 7 axle combination 8 axle combination
1000 1.18 0.65 0.43 0.37
2000 1.18 0.65 0.43 0.37
3000 1.18 0.65 0.43 0.37
4000 1.76 0.88 0.72 0.37
5000 1.76 0.88 0.72 0.79
6000 1.76 1.30 0.72 0.79
7000 2.19 1.30 0.72 0.79
8000 2.19 1.30 1.06 0.79
9000 2.72 1.30 1.06 0.79
10,000 3.00 1.80 1.47 1.36
11,000 3.31 1.99 1.47 1.36
12,000 3.63 2.19 1.47 1.36
13,000 3.98 2.40 1.80 1.36
14,000 4.35 2.62 1.98 1.36
15,000 4.74 2.86 2.16 1.78
16,000 5.16 3.12 2.35 1.93
17,000 5.60 3.38 2.56 2.08
18,000 6.05 3.66 2.77 2.25
19,000 6.54 3.96 2.99 2.43
20,000 7.07 4.26 3.23 2.62
Each 1000kg more than 20,000kg 0.55 0.33 0.24 0.20
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 0.22 0.03 0.04
8000 0.22 0.03 0.04
9000 0.22 0.03 0.04
10,000 0.22 0.03 0.04
11,000 0.47 0.03 0.04
12,000 0.47 0.33 0.04
13,000 0.47 0.33 0.04
14,000 0.47 0.33 0.04
15,000 0.69 0.33 0.04
16,000 0.79 0.33 0.04
17,000 0.87 0.55 0.19
18,000 0.97 0.55 0.19
19,000 1.06 0.55 0.19
20,000 1.17 0.63 0.23
Each 1000kg more than 20,000kg 0.12 0.07 0.05

RUC rates for additional licences for combination vehicles [PDF, 45 KB]

Additional rates from 21 April 2022 to 31 January 2023

Additional weight (kgs) $ per km
5 axle combination 6 axle combination 7 axle combination 8 axle combination
1000 0.76 0.42 0.28 0.24
2000 0.76 0.42 0.28 0.24
3000 0.76 0.42 0.28 0.24
4000 1.13 0.56 0.46 0.24
5000 1.13 0.56 0.46 0.51
6000 1.13 0.83 0.46 0.51
7000 1.40 0.83 0.46 0.51
8000 1.40 0.83 0.68 0.51
9000 1.74 0.83 0.68 0.51
10,000 1.92 1.15 0.94 0.87
11,000 2.12 1.27 0.94 0.87
12,000 2.32 1.40 0.94 0.87
13,000 2.55 1.54 1.15 0.87
14,000 2.78 1.68 1.27 0.87
15,000 3.03 1.83 1.38 1.14
16,000 3.30 2.00 1.50 1.24
17,000 3.58 2.16 1.64 1.33
18,000 3.87 2.34 1.77 1.44
19,000 4.19 2.53 1.91 1.56
20,000 4.52 2.73 2.07 1.68
Each 1000kg more than 20,000kg 0.35 0.21 0.15 0.13
Additional weight (kgs) $ per km
9 axle combination 10 axle combination 11 axle combination
1000 0.01 0.02 0.03 
2000 0.01  0.02  0.03 
3000 0.01  0.02  0.03 
4000 0.01  0.02  0.03 
5000 0.01  0.02  0.03 
6000 0.01  0.02  0.03 
7000 0.14  0.02  0.03 
8000 0.14  0.02  0.03 
9000 0.14  0.02  0.03 
10,000 0.14  0.02  0.03 
11,000 0.30  0.02  0.03 
12,000 0.30  0.21  0.03 
13,000 0.30  0.21  0.03 
14,000 0.30  0.21  0.03 
15,000 0.44 0.21  0.03 
16,000 0.51  0.21 0.03 
17,000 0.56  0.35  0.12 
18,000 0.62  0.35  0.12 
19,000 0.68  0.35  0.12 
20,000 0.75  0.40  0.15
Each 1000kg more than 20,000kg 0.08  0.04  0.03 

Road user charges handbook

The Road user charges handbook lists the rates and description for each vehicle type. If you only need one section of the handbook, there's a link under the relevant tables above.

Road user charges handbook [PDF, 2.7 MB]

Road user charges (RUC) publications

RUC calculator

The RUC calculator helps you estimate charges for your vehicle. All amounts shown in the calculator include GST, but exclude administration fees that you pay when buying a RUC licence.

RUC calculator

RUC special vehicle types

Under section 33 of the Road User Charges Act 2012, Waka Kotahi may waive or refund road user charges by applying special RUC types and rates if satisfied that the vehicle is paying excessive road user charges.

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

Waka Kotahi will only consider applications under section 33 when the axle configuration or the wheel type and/or tyre size has much more road contact area than the allocated RUC vehicle type. Even when these do differ, a waiver or refund may still not be applied.

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

  • the purpose for which a vehicle is used

  • when a vehicle operates in the lower part of, or below, its allocated weight band 

  • the age of a vehicle and/or the fact that it may always travel unladen.

Waka Kotahi has absolute discretion in its decision to waive part of the road user charges under section 33.

Once a decision is made, you can't apply for a review of that decision. You may seek a judicial review with the High Court. If you choose to do this, you should seek legal guidance.