Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

This is a government run course provided by approved training bodies such as Bike Sense.

It must be taken by any rider who wants to use a moped or 125cc bike on “L” Plates.

It is a set course of instruction and assessment that takes the learner from the beginnings through to essential skills to keep you safe on the road.

The course will include 5 elements and have a minimum of a two hour road ride at the end. The course normally can be completed in a day, but occasionally some people take longer, eg to gain more road experience and machine control, especially on a geared bike.

For the complete and novice wishing to master clutch and gears, we sugguest a pre - CBT "Try a bike session"

On successfully passing the CBT you will be given a certificate that allows you to ride your learner bike. The certificate is valid for two years, in which time you will need to pass your full test or take CBT again.

Age 16 Ride a 50cc moped (geared or automatic)
Age 17+ Ride a 125cc learner bike (geared or automatic)

The CBT is one of the first legal steps, and must by law be taken by any new rider before they get on the road using “L” plates.

Don’t worry if you have never ridden before, as the course is aimed at complete novices with no experience at all. Our instructors take you through all the elements, so you safely learn whilst feeling confident and happy.

On arrival you will be met by your instructors and given a chance to settle in with a cup of tea or coffee. Then the course will begin, going through the five elements of CBT.

CBT Courses start at 9.30am, and will take until the late afternoon to complete.

Element A
Element B
Element C
Element D
Element E
The aims and objectives of the course
Introduction to learning the controls
Practical on site training
Classroom training on road safety
Practical riding on the roads
30 to 40 mins
45 mins approx
2 to 3 hrs approx
1 hour
Minimum 2 hours
A) The aims and objectives of the course (30 to 40 mins)
B) Introduction to learning the controls (45 mins approx)
C) Practical on site training (2-3 hrs approx)
D) Classroom training on road safety(1 hour)
E) Practical riding on the roads (min 2 hours)

All of the elements need to be taught in turn as it's important to master one skill before the next.

When you have successfully learnt all the required skills you will be issues with a DL196 (pass certificate).

This is valid for two years and allows you to ride a moped or learner motorcycle on the road, unaccompanied.

You must display “L” plates, you can not take a passenger and you can not use motorways.

If the CBT cannot be successfully completed in six hours, a return visit will be required. (£20 per hour)

For all candidates young or old, who do not drive cars, It is recommended to study the Highway Code, and take a Theory Test. However, this is NOT a legal requirement.

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