Motor vehicles and levies

Find out what motor vehicle levies are and how they apply to you.

Your Motor Vehicle levy

Your Motor Vehicle levy goes towards covering the cost of claims from accidents on public roads involving moving vehicles. This means that if you are injured in an accident on a public road, and are unable to work as a result, you’re able to claim weekly compensation of up to 80% of your income. You’ll also be covered for related medical treatment and ongoing support, such as home help and childcare payments.

Your Motor Vehicle levy does not cover accidents involving off-road motorcycles, farm bikes, etc. these are covered by levy funds from the Earners’ and Work Accounts.

You can find more information about levies and our Accounts which they’re paid into, go to:
A-Z of ACC levies and funding

How we collect Motor Vehicle levies

Motor Vehicle levies are collected through a levy fee you pay when you:

  • purchase petrol at the pump
  • license your motor vehicle.

How you pay the levy is based on your vehicle’s fuel type:

  • Petrol – you pay your levy both at the pump and as part of your vehicle licensing fee (rego)
  • Non-petrol (including diesel and fully electric vehicles) – your whole levy is paid through your vehicle licensing fee (rego)

Note: Hybrid electric vehicles can be registered as either petrol or non-petrol depending on their primary fuel source – for more information please contact the NZ Transport Agency on 0800 108 809.

How we set levies

When setting Motor Vehicle levies, we try to make sure that the money collected will be enough to cover the cost of injuries – including those injuries which will need our lifelong support.

Before we set the Motor Vehicle levies, we look at the claims we’ve received in the past to work out how many claims we think we’ll get in the next year, and what they’ll cost – not just over the next year, but for the total time a person is injured and needs our help.

Understanding vehicle classes

We don’t charge a single or flat levy for all vehicle’s on the road. Instead different vehicles are grouped into classes. This allows us to spread the cost more fairly so that no one road user is overly burdened with the costs of injuries.

The rates for the different classes are available in:
2016/17 motor vehicle levies (PDF 84K)

Levies for light passenger vehicles and vehicle risk ratings

If you drive a light passenger vehicle (car, passenger van, ute or SUV), made on or after 1976, the levy you’ll pay as part of your vehicle licensing (rego) is based on the vehicle risk rating assigned to your vehicle.

Find out more about levies for light passenger vehicles and vehicle risk ratings, go to:
Your rego and vehicle risk rating

Levies for vintage and veteran vehicles

Light passenger vehicles made before 1976 are classed as either vintage or veteran vehicles, therefore are not subject to the same levy requirements as modern light passenger vehicles. If you drive a light passenger vehicle made before 1976 then you’ll pay a flat levy rate.

To find the 2016/17 rates for these vehicles download:
2016/17 motor vehicle levies (PDF 84K)

Levies for goods service vehicles and the Fleet Saver programme

If you drive a goods service vehicle, you will not pay a levy based on a vehicle risk rating, instead you will pay a flat levy rate.

Did you know, if you or your business is operating a goods service vehicle, you can receive a lower levy by showing you have strong safety management practices. Find out more, got to:
ACC Fleet Saver programme

Levies for motorcycles and mopeds

If you ride a motorcycle, scooter or moped, your levy information is on:
motorcycles and levies

How you can lower the levies you pay

The best way for you to lower the levies you pay is to do your bit to stop injuries that are happening. Not just on our roads, but at work, in our homes, and during the sports we play.

It’s all about injury prevention – and you can start right now by:

Have your say on your ACC levies

Before the levies are set each year, we give businesses, communities and individuals throughout New Zealand the chance to give feedback on our proposals for the next levy year – this is called levy consultation.

You can find more information about:

  • our levy proposals, the feedback we’ve received, and what decisions were made on our Shape your ACC website (external link).
  • giving your feedback through a submission, and levy consultation in general, on our levy consultation page.

Updated: 1 July 2016

Reviewed: 22 June 2016