CBT Training

Compulsory basic training (CBT) is the course all learner  moped riders must complete before you can ride on the road and is valid for 2 years, at which point it must be renewed. When attending CBT training you must not wear trainers or shorts

CBT is designed to give you:

  • a basic understanding of riding theory

  • practical skills to make you safe and confident on the road

There are five elements that make up the course:

  1. Introduction to CBT – helps you understand the purpose and content of CBT; also covers helmets, the importance of wearing the right clothing, an eyesight check,  licencing  and all the legal requirements needed  when riding a motorbike.

  2. Practical on-site training – covers an introduction of the motorbike controls, machine safety checks, using the stand, wheeling the motorbike, and starting and stopping the engine.

  3. Practical on-site riding – covers riding techniques including riding in a straight line, stopping riding slowly, using the brakes, changing gear, even if you’re riding an automatic and developing steering and balance skills.

  4. Practical on-road training – theory based session covering: The highway code, staying safe on the road, legal requirements, road positioning and attitude.

  5. Practical on-road riding – you must spend at least two hours of road riding dealing with different situations and hazards with your trainer to show you are safe to continue learning on your own. This session may be extended should you require any additional development.

After successful completion of your CBT, the trainer will give you a certificate DL196.

There are some things you must and mustn’t do when you’re riding on your CBT certificate.

  • You must have red L plates fitted to the front and back of the motorbike.

  • You must not ride on motorways or carry a passenger on your motorbike (called a pillion passenger).

  • If you completed your training on an Automatic bike you should seek further training from an instructor if you upgrade to a geared machine.

To find out more about the CBT visit GOV.UK.