The History of CBT
First introduced for provisional licence holders in 1991, Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is now a legal requirement for all learner riders whatever the type of Licence they hold. The certificate is valid for 2 years and must be presented to the examiner when a candidate turns up for his/her DAS test on any category of motorcycle or moped.
For anyone riding, other than on a Full Licence, it is illegal to ride a motorcycle or moped on the road unless the rider is the holder of a valid CBT certificate. The certificate is only obtainable from an Approved Training Body (ATB) and is issued only on completion of a prescribed course of training. Training can be taken on any type of bike (including automatics and mopeds) and one certificate covers all other types. However, if you take the test on a bike with a sidecar or a three-wheeler the CBT will be restricted to those types of machine only. Incidentally, most insurance companies will not issue an insurance certificate to a learner until a valid CBT certificate has been produced.
Who Needs a CBT?
- 16 year olds can only ride up to 50cc bikes.
- 17 - 21 year olds can only ride up to 125cc bikes.
- 16 year olds must have a Provisional Licence and have Category P on their Licence to ride a moped.
- 17 years or over and going to ride a 125cc bike on a Provisional Licence must have Category A on their Licence Please check this entitlement and give the dates from/to for the category A when making a booking.
- Full car Licence holders are entitled to ride up to a 50cc bike without undertaking CBT and dont have to display L Plates. If they are going to ride anything over the 50cc they must have a have a current CBT certificate.
Before Training can Commence!
Your Drivers Licence with required entitlements.
- If using your own machine, MOT certificate (Over 3 years old), Certificate of Insurance
- For the bike an up to date Tax Disc and L plates and sufficient fuel for the days training
The Timetable of Events!
Commencing at 0900 and concluding at about 3.30pm the CBT begins with some theory about the bike your about to ride. Pupils are then taught how to ride in straight lines. Progress to left and right hand turns, where to position themselves for junctions and roundabouts etc. On completion of the practical work and dependent on the Instructors confidence in the pupil the next phase of the CBT is to take the bike out for a ride on the roads. Initially in a quiet area in order to put into practice what has been learnt, then amongst heavier traffic putting the same exercises into practice. Once they have reached the required standard a CBT certificate will be issued.
So what if I fail the CBT?
If for some reason you do not reach the basic standard you will be asked to return at a convenient time to complete the road ride. This is at no extra cost, we do not issue certificates if we do not think you will be safe out on the road.