What Is CBT?
Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is a course that most people have to take before they can ride a moped or motorcycle on the road.
The training makes sure you are able to ride safely and competently on your own on public roads while you practice for your full moped or motorcycle test. The course usually lasts a full day but can take longer depending on how quickly you learn.
After successfully completing the training, you will be issued with a CBT Certificate which is valid for up to 2 years and allow you to legally ride, with some restrictions, any moped or motorcycle up to 125cc on the UK roads. During that time, you have to display L-plates, cannot ride on the motorways and cannot carry a passenger until your pass your full motorcycle license test.
What Does CBT Involve?
The CBT course involves five parts:
Introduction: The aims of CBT, making suitable decisions about equipment and clothing, and meeting the eyesight rules.
Practical on-site training: How the motorcycle or moped works, what maintenance checks are needed, and getting a feel for the weight and balance of the vehicle.
Practical on-site riding: Carrying out manoeuvres safely and under full control, using the brakes, changing gear and carrying out observations.
Practical on-road training preparation: Meeting the legal requirements to ride, attitude, positioning, separation distances, speed, anticipating what other road users may do and preparing for developing hazards.
Practical on-road riding: Riding in typical traffic conditions (including traffic lights, roundabouts, junctions, pedestrian crossings, gradients and bends) and carrying out a u-turn and an emergency stop.
The five parts have to be completed in sequence and you will only move on to the next part when your instructor is satisfied you have learnt the necessary theory and demonstrated the practical skills to a safe and basic level.
When all five parts of the training have been satisfactorily completed you will be issued with a DL196 certificate of completion. You must then either pass your full moped or motorcycle test within 2 years or re-take your CBT training or stop riding.
How Much Does It Cost?.
The CBT course lasts a full day and the cost is £155.