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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has clarified the way Road User Charges (RUC) for mobile cranes are calculated and purchased.

“There were some inconsistencies in compliance in the mobile crane industry,” says Paul Fantham, the Waka Kotahi Senior Manager of Commercial Licensing and Revenue. “We want the system to be clear and fair, so all mobile crane operators had to be compliant from October 1, 2020.

“We’ve worked with mobile crane operators so they understand their obligations concerning RUC. These charges in most cases are worked out differently for mobile cranes than for other types of heavy vehicles.”

RUC for mobile cranes takes into account the unusual axle spacings and tyre sizes to accurately reflect the damage being done to roads.

The mobile crane industry is complex. There are about 450 mobile cranes in operation in New Zealand. Nearly half the 120 operators have just have one crane. Some cranes are transported to and from sites, and others are driven.

The details of how RUC applies for mobile cranes, and how RUC is calculated, can appear rather complex, and is outlined in a Waka Kotahi information sheet.

Waka Kotahi information sheet [PDF, 1.9 MB]

A Waka Kotahi Mobile Crane RUC adjustment FAQ sheet has been made available.

Frequently asked questions [PDF, 55 KB]

Waka Kotahi welcomes your feedback on this matter, please email: