17 JANUARY 2022


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Article from BTNews 17 JANUARY 2022

Stansted parking *

Stansted Airport has installed Videalert CCTV enforcement cameras to eliminate the incidence of the dangerous tailgating as drivers attempt to leave the drop-off zones and short-term car parks without paying. 

The cameras have been installed at the exits of the drop-off zones and short-term parking.  Each 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 the parking enforcement provider, NSL, at 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.

Steve Mills, Surface Access Manager, Stansted, explains: “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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Allan Schoenherr, Prague, CZ

Hi there, I agree, the astronomical and unfair cost of dropping off is the cause of this dangerous behaviour. If you want to stop it then scrap the drop-off fee, which must surely be in the top 5 of cynical money grabbing ploys in UK travel (and its not just Stansted).

Gabri Fearnch, Stansted

Lost parking revenues? The express drop off went from 2£ to 7£ in the span of 3 years. Not that they have tackled the issue of the freeloaders will they stop overcharging the rest of us?