thirdcrank wrote:I've explained the statutory duties of the CPS before. Step 1 is the evidential test, and only if that criterion is met does the public interest test apply. ie If there's insufficient evidence to prosecute, there's cannot be any question of a prosecution, whatever the public interest.
It took a long time for the relationship between the police and CPS to settle down. In the early days, a lot of cases were dropped for insufficient evidence when there were easy steps which could have been taken had the CPS requested action. They've had 35 years to get it right between them.
Although the police are only indirectly affected by the CPS tests, they must obviously take them into account. I get the impression the rather grandiose expression "not in the public interest" is used by some police to mean it's not worth the resources to investigate something to gather the evidence. ie no point gathering evidence for something that's not going anywhere.
Leaving aside the bias and personal agendas...
In many similar accidents the penalty is a ban and a small fine (if any censure)
Surrendering the licence achieves his without the expense, and happens in many cases
Unless of course it is more about the individual than the offence