The Welsh Assembly Government issues revised Technical and Policy guidance to local authorities on improving air quality

News published: 14/05/2009

The Welsh Assembly Government has issued revised guidance to all local authorities in Wales on managing air quality. Under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995, all Local Authorities have a duty to manage air quality. The guidance is intended to support authorities in their efforts to tackle poor air quality and to fulfil their statutory duties under the Act. The guidance should be taken into account by all local authority departments involved in local air quality management (LAQM), including environmental health, corporate services, planning, economic development and transport planning. The revised policy guidance document is accompanied by four new practice documents covering; assessment of air quality measures, implementing low emission zones and two documents on reducing emissions from vehicles. The revised policy guidance, issued to all local authorities in Wales and new technical guidance document, issued to all local authorities in the UK can be found at

Updated tools for LAQM purposes can be found at

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