What we do

Environment Southland is responsible for coordinating regional land transport activities and preparing a regional land transport plan. We do this with the help of the Regional Transport Committee, which prepares a plan for Council approval, and assists us in relation to our other transport responsibilities under the Land Transport Management Act.

What others do

TaskResponsibility & more information
Management of public transport servicesInvercargill City Council
Management of Total Mobility Scheme within the regionInvercargill City Council
Management and maintenance of roads and footpaths Invercargill City Council, Southland District Council & Gore District Council
Management and maintenance of State HighwaysNew Zealand Transport Agency

​​​​Otago Southland Regional Land Transport Plans 2018 - 2021

Otago and Southland Regional Transport Committees (the RTCs) collaboratively developed the Otago Southland Regional Land Transport Plans 2015-2021 (RLTP).  This RLTP sets the strategic direction for land transport in Otago/Southland, and lists the recommended activities for funding from the National Land Transport Fund administered by the NZ Transport Agency.

Read the transport plans here.

Visiting Drivers Project

In Otago, Southland and the West Coast, crashes involving an overseas licence holder or a domestic visiting driver are a significant proportion of all crashes.

In 2014, the Visiting Drivers Project was established to improve road safety for visitors and other road users travelling on the Otago, Southland and West Coast road network.

The purpose of the NZ Transport Agency-led project is to improve road safety for all road users including visitors (domestic and international) who are driving in and around Otago, Southland and the West Coast, as well as maintaining New Zealand's reputation as an attractive and safe tourist destination.

Environment Southland's chairman, Ali Timms, is on the Visiting Drivers Project Governance Group.

For further information, including more facts about visiting drivers and details of what's being done to improve their safety, please visit the official website for the Visiting Drivers Project.

Stock Effluent Disposal Sites

Transporting stock is a major issue for farmers, transporters and other road users.

Effluent discharges are the responsibility of transport operators and the owner of the stock. Transport operators are required to make their own arrangements for the emptying of effluent tanks.

There is currently one Stock Effluent Dump Site in Southland, located at Five Rivers, with provision for a further site included in our current Long-term Plan.

Page reviewed: 29 Jun 2018 3:15pm