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Utah legislature debating removing some medical forms to drive

A bill is gaining support that would get rid of some of the medical forms to drive in Utah.

The driver license division estimates about 168,000 Utahns need such forms every year.

Representative Ray Ward wants to streamline the process.

“HB 184 just makes a couple of changes to the form, to cut down on uneeded things, and to make the information that comes from the form be more accurate,” he said in a Senate committee meeting on Monday.

Ward is a doctor, and he says some illnesses like non-insulin dependent diabetes and hypertension, pose little risk of fainting or other dangers while driving. So he says the forms are unnecessary and waste time and money.

He would like a checkbox on the form that could mean some patients only need to fill it out every 5 years instead of yearly.