February 04, 2021






EPPING, ESSEX, – Marston Holdings, the UK’s largest provider of transportation and enforcement services, has announced that it has joined theLondon-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 thatoperate 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 Nick Ruxton-Boyle, Director of Environment at 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 Ruxton-Boyle.  “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.”


About Marston Holdings

Marston Holdings is the UK’s largest provider of transportation and enforcement services with over 5000 staff.  In addition to being the UK’s largest provider of debt and recovery services, the organisation comprises a number of market-leading companies including Project Centre, a streetscape design, engineering and landscape architecture consultancy and NSL, which provides parking enforcement services to the public and private sectors.  Other key parts of the group include Videalert, the leading supplier of intelligent traffic management and enforcement solutions and ParkTrade, the leading European provider of road tolling and charging solutions.  This combined expertise enables Marston Holdings to provide an innovative range of integrated design, build and enforcement solutions. For more information, please visit

About the Idling Action project
Vehicle Idling Action is a London-wide behaviour change campaign which is helping to reduce localised air pollution caused by motorists leaving their engines running when parked.  The project has been awarded funding as part of the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund Round 3 and involves 30 London local authorities and the City of London Corporation. As well as the delivery of idling action events, in which teams of volunteers, local authority officers and project staff work to educate both motorists and pedestrians, the project is delivering school workshops, engaging with businesses, offering vehicle fleet training, and is working with all local authorities to ensure idling regulations are enforced across London.  The Idling Action Project has been running since 2016. Now in its fourth phase it is jointly led by the City of London Corporation and the London Borough of Camden.