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Stansted employs new technology against tailgating drop-off fee dodgers

11 Jan 2022 by Tom Otley
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London Stansted Airport has employed new CCTV technology to eliminate tailgating as drivers attempt to leave the drop-off zones and short term car parks without paying.

The airport has increased the drop-off fees, with the cost being a minimum of £7 for up to 15 minutes with the fee then rising to £25. Any driver that re-enters within 30 minutes of first entering, is charged a further £20.

To try and guard against drivers tailgating to avoid paying the fees both for drop-off and in the short stay car parks, the airport has installed Videalert CCTV enforcement cameras. The cameras were switched on in February 2021 and were supplied as part of an ongoing contract with NSL, the UK’s leading provider of parking enforcement services, which includes back office processing and debt recovery services.

Videalert CCTV enforcement cameras have been installed at the exits of the drop-off zones and short term parking. Each camera monitors two lanes simultaneously capturing the number plates of every vehicle that passes through the barriers. They transmit data to Videalert’s hosted digital video platform where evidence packs are automatically compiled for review by operators at NSL’s Oldham Shared Service Centre. Penalty charge notices are then sent to the owners of all vehicles committing an offence.

NSL has also provided the airport with a Videalert mobile enforcement vehicle (MEV) “to reduce the incidence of drivers stopping or parking on access road verges”. These roads are designated as no-stopping areas and the MEV “will act as a deterrent to the many taxis, private hire vehicles, friends and relatives that cause traffic congestion and safety issues in these areas by waiting to drop-off or pick up passengers.” With front and rear facing cameras, the MEV automatically captures the number plates of stopped vehicles in unattended mode and transmits footage to the Videalert platform.

Mark Jones, Operations Director at Videalert, added: “This is one of the first such installations of Videalert cameras on private land and demonstrates the breadth of our range of integrated transport and enforcement solutions.”

Steve Mills, Surface Access Manager – Landside Operations at London Stansted Airport says:  “NSL has provided us with a cost-effective enforcement solution that will enable us to rapidly achieve high levels of compliance, particularly in respect of the repeat offenders that try to avoid paying their parking charges.  This has been a particular issue in short term car parks where people have routinely stayed two weeks without paying.  The cameras will help us to eliminate lost parking revenues and improve safety for all passengers around the airport.”

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