NSL, the UK’s largest parking enforcement specialist and part of Marston Holdings, is working in partnership with councils across the UK. In addition to assisting with the monitoring and management of town centres and other busy public areas to protect local communities during the pandemic, NSL has extended the service to include testing centres. This will help meet the increasing demand as community testing is expanded to cover all 314 lower-tier local authorities in England.

According to NSL: “Local knowledge and expertise have proved vital in combating COVID-19 and we will continue to help councils to deliver their strategies to contain and reduce the virus. This approach provides them with the flexibility and freedom to roll-out community testing based on their specific knowledge of the level and location of infection in their areas.”

NSL has the infrastructure and recruitment processes already in place and can scale up to meet client requirements in as little as one week. This enables councils to deliver a rapid response to meet changing government lockdown rules.

Full training is provided by NSL to equip Marshals with the skills they need to ensure the effectiveness of every interaction with people throughout the testing process from arrival to departure. They are also fully equipped with PPE including face coverings and hand sanitiser as well as radios and mobile phones.

The pandemic has reinforced NSL’s commitment to working in the community and ensuring that people stay safe as they go about their daily lives. The company is proud that its Marshals can make such a positive impact and will continue to work closely with local authorities over the coming months, delivering a bespoke service to meet their specific requirements.

Marston Holdings, the UK’s largest provider of transportation and enforcement services, has announced that it has joined the London-wide pledge to act on engine idling. The company has pledged support to Idling Action’s pan-London #EnginesOff campaign and is helping to tackle the avoidable air pollution caused by drivers sitting in stationary vehicles leaving their engines running.

Fully supported by the Mayor of London, this is a public pledge for businesses and local authorities to reduce vehicle emissions and tackle avoidable air pollution by asking their fleet drivers and employees to avoid idling their vehicles wherever possible. The Idling Action Project is jointly led by Camden Council and City of London Corporation. It has been running since 2016 and over 31 London authorities have joined forces in a bid to cut dangerous vehicle emissions.

Councillor Adam Harrison, Cabinet member for a sustainable Camden, commented: “I am delighted that Marston Holdings is supporting our Idling Action London Engines Off campaign and has pledged to switch off engines wherever possible. Asking drivers not to idle their engines is a simple action which can help to reduce vehicle emissions and ensure cleaner air for Camden residents and all those living and working in London. We would encourage all businesses that operate vehicles across London to follow Marston Holdings’ lead in signing up.”

As part of the pledge, Marston Holdings has implemented an engine idling policy and has educated drivers and employees on the importance of avoiding idling whilst travelling to work or operating vehicles on the company’s behalf. According to Marston Holdings: “The renewed call for action comes amidst emerging evidence that air pollution is linked to poor recovery and higher infection rates of COVID19 due to damage caused to the lungs. It is now more important than ever to act on pollution.”

Marston Holdings has provided drivers with guidance on how best to reduce air pollution caused by vehicles to protect their own health as well as pedestrians. It has also implemented a policy to further reduce emissions by switching to cleaner vehicles as they become due for replacement.

“As a business, we are increasing supplying local authorities with electric vehicles, both cars and motorbikes, enabling them to demonstrate that they are serious about tackling air pollution,” continued Marston Holdings. “By tackling idling, we are eliminating a completely unnecessary source of air pollution and helping to improve the health of the communities in which we operate.”

Videalert, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of intelligent traffic enforcement and management solutions, has announced that it has achieved Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) approval for ‘Over the Air’ data transmission from mobile enforcement vehicles (MEVs) whilst in operation. This approval allows data to be ‘live-streamed’ using 4G/5G as it is captured whilst the vehicles are on the move, eliminating the need for operators to manually download data from the on-board systems onto USB drives before uploading it to the Videalert platform. It also allows review operators to access the data and approve the automatically compiled evidence packs even more efficiently

According to Videalert: “We are delighted to have gained approval from the VCA for ‘live-streaming’ data from MEVs. This is the latest development in an ongoing programme being undertaken by Marston Holdings that will further consolidate our leading position in the CCTV enforcement marketplace.”

This functionality is now available throughout Videalert’s expanding range of multi-purpose Mobile Enforcement Vehicles (MEV) which includes fully electric cars, vans and bikes as well as hybrid, petrol and diesel variants. It can also be retrofitted to existing vehicles regardless of supplier.

Videalert provides a complete suite of software for rapid deployment in different enforcement and monitoring applications. The software combines ANPR with a powerful data analytics engine to determine whether vehicles have actually committed offences. For example, it can determine whether vehicles are in contravention in parking bays as well as whether they are legally parked off-street or on private driveways. This reduces the incidence of false-positive alerts generated by the roof-mounted cameras. In addition, it uses GPS positioning to confirm that vehicles being captured are within enforceable areas.