Drivers asked to consider organ donorship on new licences

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and the Irish Kidney Association (IKA) are asking to consider declaring if they wish to become an organ donor when applying for a plastic card Learner Permit or Full Driving Licence.

Ms Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority.
Ms Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority.

Since the introduction of the plastic card licence format in January 2013 the code 115 can be displayed, meaning you have indicated on the Learner Permit/ Driving Licence application form that you wish to be a donor.

A total of 426,091 drivers have been issued a Driving Licence or Learner Permit with Organ Donor code 115 from 19th January 2013 to 28th February 2015. This includes 121,502 learner permits or 38.5 per cent of permits issued and 304,589 full licences or 39.7 per cent of full licences issued

Ms Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, Road Safety Authority said “This is the first time we have ever been able to put a figure on the number of drivers who are willing to become an organ donor, through the driving licence.”
“When Ireland, along with the rest of Europe changed over to a standardised plastic card format driving licence, in January 2013, one of the new features added was the option to declare a willingness to sign up as an organ donor.”

“On the previous paper licence, it was left up to the individual themselves to tick the box on the back of the licence. Under the new plastic card system, question 18 on the application form specifically asks the individual if they want to be an organ donor and have this displayed on their licence by referencing the code 115.”

Chief Executive of the Irish Kidney Association, Mark Murphy “The focus of Organ Donor Awareness Week is to raise awareness about the ongoing and ever increasing demand for transplantation which relies on the public for organ donation. Families need to talk together and keep the reminders of their willingness to donate visible by carrying the organ donor card, downloading the Smartphone App. In particular I would urge anyone who is applying for the first time or renewing their driving licence to give serious consideration to becoming an organ donor and having the Organ Donor code 115 on the licence.”