This page contains information on changes to rate of petrol excise duty and road user charges.
The rates of petrol excise duty and road user charges are specified in legislation. The current rate of petrol excise duty is 63 cents per litre, increasing to 66 cents per litre on 1 July 2019 and 70 cents per litre on 1 July 2020.
To find out current rates of road user charges, please click here(external link).
If you have questions about your vehicle, or what you need to pay, please contact the NZ Transport Agency(external link).
Rate changes announced in 2018 and 2019
On 28 June 2018, the Government announced an increase in petrol excise duty of 3.5 cents per litre to take effect from 30 September 2018, and further 3.5 cent increases in 2019 and 2020. Road user charges will increase by an equivalent amount.
Documents on changes in 2019
- Road User Charges (Rates) Amendment Regulations 2019(external link)
- Excise and Excise-equivalent Duties Table (Budget Measures—Motor Spirits) Amendment Bill(external link)
- Question and answers on the 2019 changes to road user charges
- Cabinet papers will be made available in due course here.
Documents on changes in 2018
- Read the Regulatory Impact Summary for the 2018 and Road User Charges rate changes
- Questions and answers on the 2018 changes to road user charges
Previous rate changes
In 2012, Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee announced increases to petrol excise duty and road user charges. Petrol excise duty increased by 2 cents per litre, or 4.1 percent. The rate of petrol excise duty increased from 48.524 cents per litre to 50.524 cents per litre. These petrol excise duty rates are GST exclusive.
RUC increased by 4.1 percent on average, though the exact increases varied for different vehicle types. Links to the new rates of RUC that will apply from 1 August can be found here(external link). These RUC rates are GST inclusive.