Drivers 'potential organ donors'

In a bid to boost the number of potential organ donors, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) has introduced new rules.

Under the new prompted choice system, motorists will have to state whether or not they want to be an organ donor when they apply for a new licence.

Online applicants will need to state if they intend to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register or defer a decision.

The move is expected to lead to an increase in the number of people willing to donate vital body parts after their death.

The DVLA already asks if applicants want to be donors, but the new regulations mean they can no longer skip over the question when applying for a driving licence.

They will either have to opt to register for donation or state: "I do not wish to answer this question now."

Through the initiative, the Government is hoping to save the lives of a large number of people who are waiting for a transplant.

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