What is a CBT Licence?
All learner moped and motorcycle riders must complete Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) before they can ride unaccompanied on public roads. While not officially a license, having a CBT certificate is a mandatory requirement as well as having a provisional licence.
How do I get a provisional licence for motorbike riding?
There are a number of ways you can apply for a provisional licence. If you have internet access, you can apply online at the Official UK Government Website.
Alternatively, you can apply for your provisional driving licence by completing the D1 application form, available from the DVLA form ordering service or any Post Office branch. You will need to enclose original documentation confirming your identity, a passport style colour photograph and the fee of £50.00.
This is the same licence as the one that lets you drive a car. If you already have that - or a full UK driving licence - you can skip this step.
How do I take a CBT Test?
The CBT course involves on-site training and riding as well as driving on the road with the help of a trained guide. To find out more about Compulsory Basic Training and how to book a training session. Please see the Official UK Government Website.
How much does the CBT cost?
A CBT tends to cost around £130, but the price can vary between instructors. The certificate is valid for two years.
What Does The Course Include?
CBT Compulsory Basic Training Test
You must complete the Compulsory Basic Training Test before you ride any moped, scooter or motorcycle on the road in the UK. During the test the instructor will assess your riding to make sure you are safe to ride before you can get your DL196 certificate which shows you have completed the training.
Compulsory basic training (CBT) has 5 elements:
introduction and eyesight check
practical on-site training
practical on-site riding
practical on-road training
practical on-road riding
The CBT Compulsory Basic Training Test also covers a number of important of on- and off-bike topics, including:
an eyesight check
basic maintenance checks
riding in typical traffic conditions
The on-road part of the training should take at least two hours to complete. The full course usually lasts the entire day.
If you have not gained a full motorcycle or moped licence two years after completing CBT, your DL196 certificate is no longer valid and you must repeat your CBT.
If you have a full car licence issued before 1st February 2001 you may ride a restricted 50cc moped on the road without L plates (and carry a passenger) without taking your CBT, but you still need to successfully complete your CBT to ride any motorcycle over 50cc. However, if you have not ridden a motorcycle or scooter before, it is a good idea to complete CBT as a minimum so as to be safe on the roads.
Motorcycle Theory Test
You must pass a Motorcycle Theory Test, including a Hazard Perception Test, before taking any Practical Motorcycle Test, even if you have a full car licence. The Theory Test Pass Certificate is valid for 2 years.
Once you have passed the CBT Compulsory Basic Training Test you will be issued with a certificate valid for two years. This will allow you to ride legally on the road unaccompanied (except for categories A2 and A). You must produce your CBT certificate within seven days if requested to do so by the PSNI or an enforcement officer.
If you don't pass your full moped or motorcycle test by the time the CBT certificate expires (two years) and you want to continue riding on the public road you will have to retake the CBT course and get a new certificate.