All vehicles that run on a fuel that does not have an excise at the pump (eg diesel), or weigh more than 3.5 tonnes, are subject to road user charges (RUC). To find out the reason for the differences in charges for petrol and diesel vehicles, visit the light petrol vs diesel page.

Calculate your Road User Charges below or alternatively download a version of our Excel RUC calculator spreadsheet [XLS, 90 KB]

This calculator is for information purposes only. To buy a RUC distance label visit the transaction centre of the NZ Transport Agency(external link)

To use this calculator, you first need to know your vehicle's type and its 'RUC weight'.

The Road User Charges Act defines RUC weight as the lesser of the: 

If you do not know your vehicle's RUC weight, you should contact the NZ Transport Agency(external link).

Also note that all amounts in this calculator include GST, but exclude the administration fees payable when purchasing RUC licences.

RUC calculator for rates from 1 October 2018

The government has agreed to increase rates from 1 October 2018. Read more about the increases here.

We are working on an updated calculator which will be available in August following Cabinet approval of the Order in Council for the new rates.

Standard distance licences - for the standard distance licences below, select your vehicles' RUC types and RUC weights using the drop-down boxes provided.

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The below costs reflect RUC classes selected above.

Cost per 1000km:
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Cost per km:
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Leading Trailer

The below costs reflect RUC classes selected above.

Cost per 1000km:
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Cost per km:
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Second trailer

The below costs reflect RUC classes selected above.

Cost per 1000km:
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Cost per km:
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Cost per km: {{format(totalDistanceCostPerKm())}}

Additional licence (based on RUC Types chosen above)

An additional licence must cover the weight between the RUC vehicle's maximum allowable mass under section 4.5(1) of Part 1 of the VDAM Rule 2002, and the maximum mass specified in the permit under which the RUC vehicle is operating. This option is likely to suit vehicles generally used within standard distance licence weight limits, but occasionally used to carry overweight loads.

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Cost per km
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Cost per km: {{format(totalDistanceAndAdditionalLicencesCostPerKm())}}

H Licences

An “H vehicle” licence allows a vehicle to carry weights up to the maximum weight of the vehicle's overweight permit at all times. This option is likely to suit vehicles being used to regularly carry overweight loads.

H Vehicle type based on RUC types chosen above.

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H Vehicle Type

Combination

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Maximum weight

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Prime mover:
Cost per 1000km
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Cost per km
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Leading trailer:
Cost per 1000km
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Cost per km
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Second trailer:
Cost per 1000km
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Cost per km
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H Licence total: Cost per 1000km: {{format(HLicenceTotalCostPerThousandKm())}}

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