Doug Bannister says proposed checks were unsafe

Port of Dover CEO calls for urgent talks over new EU checks

Doug Bannister, CEO of the Port of Dover, is calling for urgent talks between the UK government and EU authorities over plans for biometric checks at the port. Bannister said the proposed checks were unsafe if they forced people out of their vehicles.

Bannister: "As currently designed, the biometric checks work well at an airport or a rail terminal, but they're not designed for a busy roll-on, roll-off ferry terminal. If it is forcing people to get out of their vehicles inside of a busy port, that is just unsafe. We couldn't allow that to happen. That will lead to increased queues, no doubt."

The new system, which would involve body or facial scanning similar to at airports for non-EU citizens entering the bloc, is due to be implemented in September.


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