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.

View the questions and answers on the 1 July 2015 road user charges and petrol excise duty increases

View the new rates of road user charges on the New Zealand Legislation website(external link)

Use our new online RUC calculator or download our Excel RUC calculator spreadsheet [XLS, 90 KB] to see what your RUC will be after 1 July 2015

Exemptions

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.

View details on vehicles eligible for an exemption on the NZ Transport Agency website(external link)

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.

Road User Charges Amendment Regulations 2014(external link)

Road User Charges (Rates) Regulations 2014(external link)

Road User Charges Amendment Regulations 2013(external link)

Road User Charges (Rates) Regulations 2013(external link)

Road User Charges Regulations 2012(external link)

Road User Charges (Administration Fees) Regulations 2012(external link)

Road User Charges (Infringement Offences) Regulations 2012(external link)

Road User Charges (Rates) Regulations 2012(external link)

Road User Charges (Transitional Matters) Regulations 2012(external link)

Road User Charges (Classes of RUC Vehicles) Exemption Order 2012(external link)

Road User Charges (RUC Collector) Order 2012(external link)

Road User Charges (Exemption Period for Light Electric RUC Vehicles) Order 2012(external link)