Re: Technological Solutions
I have been going back and forth across the Calais Dover link since the days of onboard passport checking and have come to believe that pretty up to date tech is already in use for screening and has been for some time. If you have triggered the system they (the UK authorities in the UK and, when they feel like it, the French authorities in France) will ask you to stop, get out and open the car boot. I guess that is for a very low level trigger but I guess also that is sufficient. If the authorities think this is necessary then a real smuggling suspicion must trigger a much bigger response.
Where is any sign of tech which could eliminate the need for live checks of vehicle and driver - it doesn't exist!
If the physical checks are for border control reasons it doesn't matter where they are done - they are physical border control checks.