"Magistrates were required by law to order Aziz to take an extended driving test, if he ever decides to apply for a driving licence."
It is a legal requirement, I dare say there is no precedent for a blind driver. I've read about 12 year olds being banned for 'x years' as well. It would seem that banning for x years and ordering an extended test are the only powers available to magistrates in this area.
I saw this to. what is it with Magistrates? How can there be a ban on someone who should not be driving be they blind/underage/unlicensed, then say for 3 years and take a test. How blind is he- Is the sight likely to improve? Are all the facts being reported here?
If you feel strongly enough about it, do something...write to your MP for example, I'm sure they will take the matter up for you. Don't however blame the magistrates as they are constrained by a legal framework that to my knowledge they don't define. If you are interested I can recommend following the blog I linked to above - it gives a fascinating insight into magistrate's life and frustrations. Don't believe all you read in the Sun about our legal system.