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Compulsory Basic Training

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The Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is your first step towards legal riding. At 16, you can ride a 50cc moped, and at 17 or older, you’re eligible for a 125cc motorcycle. Completing the CBT is also essential for those aiming for a full motorcycle license (DAS).

Typically, the CBT is a one-day course. However, beginners may require an additional day to ensure they meet the necessary standards. After completing the CBT, we will guide you on the further training needed for your full motorcycle license, including Module 1 and Module 2 of the DSA practical tests. Feel free to consult your instructor for advice.

Important Requirements for CBT

  • Familiarize yourself with the Highway Code before attending.
  • Proficiency in speaking and understanding English is mandatory.

CBT Course Breakdown

Element A

  • Driving licence checked
  • Eyesite Test
  • Aims of CBT
  • Equipment/Clothing

Element B

  • Motorcycles and their controls
  • Basic Safety checks
  • On/Off stands
  • Push motorcycle/scooter braking to stop
  • Start/Stop engine

Element C

  • Moving off and stopping
  • Using both brakes
  • Cornering
  • Gear changing
  • Slow control
  • Figure of 8
  • U Turns
  • Emergency Stops
  • Rear Observations
  • Left/Right turns (Minor to Major and Major to Minor Road)

Element D

  • Legal requirements
  • Visibility
  • Road surfaces/Weather conditions
  • Making progress/Use of speed
  • Keeping a safe distance
  • Road positioning
  • All aspects of the highway code
  • Alcohol/Drugs
  • General Attitude

Element E

Minimum two hours on the road.

Licence Requirements

16 years old Eligible for a provisional moped license for up to 50cc mopeds. CBT certificate required. ‘L’ plates mandatory; no pillion passengers. At 17, upgrade to a 125cc is possible.
17 and over Apply for a provisional motorcycle license. If you have a provisional car license, ensure it includes Category A for motorcycles. Full car license holders automatically have provisional motorcycle entitlement. CBT completion is required for legal riding up to 125cc, with ‘L’ plates and no pillions.

If your car test was passed before February 1, 2001, you can ride a moped without ‘L’ plates and carry a pillion passenger without a CBT. However, taking the CBT is highly recommended for new riders.