In 2014 the Minister of Transport announced the details of regulations that will be made to support the Road User Charges Act 2012. This page includes further following information about the content of the regulations.
New RUC rates from 1 July 2015
Changes to road user charges were enacted on 11 May 2015, and will take effect on 1 July.
The rates will increase an average of 5.3%, in line with increases in fuel excise duty on petrol. The increases will allow the NZ Transport Agency to continue work on projects such as the Waterview Connection on Auckland’s Western Ring Route and the Mackays to Peka Peka section of the Wellington Northern Corridor, as well as beginning work on projects such as the Huntly section of the Waikato Expressway and stage two of the Christchurch southern motorway.
Some vehicles are exempt, or able to be exempted from RUC.
Light electric RUC vehicles whose motive power is derived wholly or partly from an external source of electricity are exempt.
The NZ Transport Agency as RUC collector can also exempt individual RUC vehicles on a case-by-case basis.
A new exemption will be in place from 6 June 2013 for light RUC vehicles used almost exclusively off-road. The new exemption requires vehicles to:
- be driven almost exclusively off-road, and
- be driven on public roads only within 10km of the boundary of the property where the vehicle usually kept, and
- have the exemption sticker displayed in the windscreen at all times.
Links to full text of regulations
The full text of each of the regulations that support the Road User Charges Act 2012 is available at the links below.