Motorcyclists

Keeping motorcycle, scooter and moped riders safe on New Zealand’s roads is one of ACC’s key priorities. Find out how we’re using the levies you pay to improve injury and accident rates, for the benefit of the riders of today and tomorrow.

What are ACC levies?

ACC collects money (called levies) to pay for the help we provide to people who are injured in accidents.

As an owner of a motorcycle, scooter or moped, you pay a levy:

  • on the petrol you buy (charged per litre)
  • when you license your motorcycle, scooter or moped, which includes a $30 annual motorcycle safety levy.

Your petrol and licence fee go into the ACC Motor Vehicle Account, which funds ACC cover for all people injured as a result of accidents involving motor vehicles on New Zealand’s public roads.

Your $30 motorcycle safety levy goes directly into a separate fund set up to reduce the number and severity of motorcycle, scooter and moped injuries and fatalities.

Why pay ACC levies?

The levies you pay provide you with certainty that, if you’re injured while riding your motorcycle:

  • you’ll get the treatment you need for your injury
  • you will get the necessary support, to enable you to recover and get back your life as quickly as possible
  • you’ll receive 80% of your income if you cannot work as a direct result of your injury, plus other support.

The motorcycle safety levy funds injury prevention initiatives proposed by riders for riders like you. These initiatives are aimed at reducing the number of deaths and the number and severity of injuries on New Zealand’s roads.

Why do levies change?

In setting the levies each year, we take into account a range of factors, including:

  • the number of claims made in the past, and how many riders injured in the past that we are continuing to support today
  • the number of claims we expect to receive in the current year – and how much they’ll cost in future years (especially serious injury claims)
  • changes in New Zealand’s population
  • accident, crash and hospitalisation rates and trends
  • the costs of associated products and services, such as medical treatment and rehabilitation aids, including wheelchairs and hearing aids
  • inflation rates and other economic factors.

We also include a ‘funding adjustment’ to allow for any surplus or shortfall in our previous estimates that could affect the current year.

The current licence fee and motorcycle safety levies

The licence fee levy you pay depends on the ‘class’ of motorcycle you license and whether it’s powered by petrol or diesel. The current levies (including the motorcycle safety levy) are:

Motorcycle class

Petrol-powered

Non-petrol powered

Mopeds

$129.33

$177.88

Motorcycles up to 600cc

$327.91

$376.46

Motorcycles 601cc+

$427.18

$475.73

Can I have a say about the levies I pay?

Yes. We review all our levies every year and then make recommendations to the Minister for ACC.Before we make our recommendations to the Minister we invite New Zealanders to provide their feedback and ideas, this is what we call levy consultation.

Find out more about the process and what happens next, in our Levy Consultation section.

How can I help reduce the levies I pay?

The best way for you to reduce the levies you pay is to do your bit to reduce the injuries that are happening. For riding advice visit www.rideforever.co.nz or www.scootersurvival.co.nz.

What’s the motorcycle safety levy?

The motorcycle safety levy was introduced in July 2010. The levy is an amount of money paid by all motorcycle, scooter and moped owners as part of the licence fee levy. The motorcycle safety levy has been set at $30 per year for each registered motorcycle and/or moped.

The purpose of the motorcycle safety levy is to increase investment in initiatives that will reduce motorcyclist’s deaths and injuries. The funds are managed by ACC who seek advice from the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council regarding investment of the motorcycle safety levy funds to maximise the benefits for motorcycle owners and riders.

What’s the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council?

The Minister of ACC established the Motorcycle Safety Advisory Council in 2011 to make recommendations to ACC on the interventions and programmes where the motorcycle safety levy could be invested to improve the safety of motorcyclists.

To keep up to date on what’s happening, simply register on the MOTO NZ website to receive regular updates on activities – go to www.motonz.org.nz.

Last updated: 25 March 2014

Last reviewed: 16 January 2014