About us

TAG Background

The Local Government Technical Advisers Group is a professional association incorporated in 1995. It serves all levels of local government to cover the whole range of local authority technical services including:

  • Highways construction and maintenance
  • Lighting
  • Waste
  • Sustainability
  • Regeneration
  • Development
  • Transport Planning
  • Traffic, street scene and parking
  • Asset Management
  • Coastal and Fluvial erosion and flooding
  • Buildings and structures

TAG Membership enables employees in member organisations to play an active part in TAG. This not only strengthens the work TAG does, but also facilitates wider understanding of national and international issues within TAG’s membership. This also allows TAG to better represent the communities we serve.

TAG organisations are responsible for:

  • Over half the road network serving the major conurbations and Unitary authorities
  • Three-quarters of the brown field development land
  • Over half of the population of England and Wales.
  • Half of the coast line of England
  • Two thirds of the most susceptible areas to flooding

To achieve these aims, TAG works through its network of Regions, Technical Committees, Topic Groups and individual contacts to provide a hugely diverse and representative network of professional officers.

The focus of activity for TAG, through the network of TAG Members, is representing TAG member interests and providing advice to:

  • Technical professionals serving local government
  • The Local Government Associations
  • Central government through consultation and being part of working groups on specific issues

TAG achieves these objectives by developing policy and best practice through:

  • Research by individual officers and the work of TAG committees and TAG topic groups
  • The promotion of a seminar programme in conjunction with other associations or as standalone TAG events
  • Co-operation with other associations at a national, and where appropriate European and international level.

As mentioned on the home page various useful attachments can be seen as below including the business plan, the TAG constitution and the nomination form for the John Holdsworth award.



Download this file (TAG Business Plan October 2017.docx)TAG Business Plan October 2017.docx376 kB169 Downloads
Download this file (TAG-constitution-2015.pdf)TAG Constitution 2015135 kB755 Downloads
Download this file (The John Holdsworth Awards for Exceptional Service.docx)The John Holdsworth Awards for Exceptional Service.docx55 kB812 Downloads

LoTAG Background


The London Technical Advisers Group (LoTAG) maintains a technical network for local government professionals and co-opted members in the highway and transport fields. It provides a centre for professional advice and assistance for local policy development and service delivery on a London wide basis.

All the London local authorities and Transport for London are automatically eligible to be members of LoTAG and are represented through the working groups, which meet on a regular basis, usually every 10 to 12 weeks. This enables officers from all these authorities to participate in all LoTAG activities. Whilst there are no membership forms to complete or subscriptions to pay for London meetings LoTAG is part of a national organisation the Technical Advisors Group (TAG) from which policy influence and universal standards evolve. Naturally there is a TAG membership fee if you wish to extend your horizons beyond London. However you feel, just turn up and take part.

LoTAG is the regional grouping of TAG comprising a group of professional officers who advise the London Borough elected members on their statutory duties as the Highway and Traffic Authority.


LoTAG is a region of TAG the national Technical Advisers Group and authorities are encouraged to be members of TAG. There is one subscription up to a maximum of £660 for an authority and as many officers who wish to can become individual members of TAG.  

The London Boroughs are responsible for:       

?67% of all London's main roads

?95% of all London roads

?90% of all parking and bus lane enforcement (PCN's)

?97% of the London cycle network

?99.9% of all pedestrian routes in London

?95% of all bus routes

?99% of London's strategic and local centres

?100% of past Utility Street works investigation and enforcement

?100% of all local authority public off street car parks

At a technical level LoTAG members have delivered through partnerships a range of initiatives including:        

?London Bus Priority Network

?London Cycle Network

?London Bridge Programme

?Road 2000 - Highway maintenance

?Bus, Rail Interchange Improvements

?London wide asphalt specification

LoTAG is structured as follows: