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Road User Charges (RUC)

Below is a list of alerts relating to vehicle licensing and registration.

1. Check current odometer/hubometer reading does not exceed RUC

This vehicle requires a valid Road User Charges (RUC) licence to legally be on the road. A RUC licence is paid for in advance and expires after a certain mileage is reached.

Because we do not know the vehicle's current odometer reading, you need to check that the odometer reading does not exceed the end distance of the RUC licence. If it does, then there are unpaid RUC fees that you will be liable to pay if you buy the vehicle.

Sometimes the RUC distance is recorded from the vehicle's hubometer (on the axle), whereas the odometer readings are taken from the odometer in the dashboard. This can result in the RUC distance appearing to be exceeded when it has not.

Our recommendation

Check to see if the odometer or hubometer exceeds the RUC. If it does, then factor unpaid RUC fees into the sale price.

A new RUC can be purchased from any NZTA agent (for example VTNZ or NZ Post). RUCs can be purchased by distance (in units of 1,000 km) or by date. To find out where to buy a RUC licence, contact the Road User Charge helpdesk on 0800 655 644.

2. Road User Charges (RUC) has not been issued

This vehicle requires a RUC to legally be on the road, however there is no record of a RUC ever having been issued for this vehicle.

The vehicle is either a brand new vehicle, a recent import or is never used on a public road (for example a farm vehicle).

If you want to buy the vehicle and drive it legally on the road you must have a RUC issued.

It is recommended that the current owner (vehicle seller) supply a current RUC for you.

If the vehicle is not diesel powered or is more than 3,500 kg, contact the NZTA for further advice.

To find out where to buy a RUC licence, contact the Road User Charge helpdesk on 0800 655 644.

3. Road User Charges (RUC) expired on...

This is an advisory message telling you that this vehicle has a time-based RUC which will expire in the near future.

This vehicle requires a valid RUC to legally be on the road.

To find out where to buy a RUC licence, contact the Road User Charge helpdesk on 0800 655 644

4. Road User Charges (RUC) will expire on...

This vehicle requires a valid RUC to legally be on the road. RUCs can be purchased by distance (in units of 1,000 km) or by date.

The cost of a RUC varies depending upon the type of vehicle, weight and intended load.

Our recommendation

Contact any NZTA agent (for example VTNZ or NZ Post) to determine the outstanding amount.

To find out where to buy a RUC licence, contact the Road User Charge helpdesk on 0800 655 644