Road users help pay for New Zealand’s land transport system.
Road users with a petrol vehicle contribute by petrol excise duty. Petrol excise duty is paid on all petrol that is produced or imported in New Zealand.
Road users with a diesel vehicle (or a vehicle that weighs over 3.5 tonnes) pay road user charges (RUC).
Every motor vehicle that operates on a road must also be registered and licensed.
Revenue from petrol excise duty, road user charges and from the registration and motor vehicle licensing goes into the National Land Transport Fund, which helps fund the building, maintenance and operation of our land transport system.
In this part of our website you can find:
- answers to frequently asked questions about petrol excise duty and road user charges
- announcements about petrol excise duty and road user charges rate changes
- information on the difference between petrol excise duty and road user charges
- information on the motor vehicle licencing
- information on road user charges, underlying policy reviews and evaluations of the legislation
- online road user charges calculator
If you have questions about your vehicle, or what you need to pay, please contact the NZ Transport Agency(external link). The NZ Transport Agency is responsible for collecting (and enforcing) road user charges. The Ministry of Transport is responsible for creating and maintaining the legislation.