What is a CBT?

Compulsory basic training (CBT) was introduced to help reduce the high accident rate among inexperienced motorcyclists. A CBT must be completed before a learner moped or motorcycle rider is allowed to ride on the road with L-plates.

Upon successful completion of this you'll be allowed to drive up to a 125cc motorcycle for 2 years, on L plates. You can either stick with this and redo it every two years, ride a 125cc motorcycle or scooter for a while to gain some extra experience, or go directly onto the Direct Access from here.


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What does CBT involve?

The CBT course involves five elements:

  1. Introduction.
  2. Practical on-site training (Bike Maintenance, Controls etc).
  3. Practical on-site riding.
  4. Theory / Highway Code.
  5. Practical on-road riding.

The five elements have to be completed in sequence, although the order of the exercises within the element can be varied. You will only move on to the next element when your instructor is satisfied you have learnt the necessary theory and demonstrated the practical skills to a safe basic level. 

When all five elements have been satisfactorily completed (this may take more than one day), a certificate of completion, called the DL196, is issued. This is a legal document which validates the relevant entitlements on your driving licence.

Once you have your certificate you are entitles to ride anything upto a 125cc motorcycle or scooter, providing you display L plates.

Where and how much?

We have many different Training Centres, from the Midlands to Middlesex.

View our training site addresses on our Find a Local Centre page

View our CBT price list

What do I need to bring?

  • Whatever the weather, you must wear the correct clothing on the day.
  • You need to wear long trousers (jeans are fine), and sturdy footwear (strong shoes or boots).
  • We supply helmets, jackets, gloves and waterproof over-trousers if you do not already have your own. Waterproof clothing is strongly recommended, as your course will continue if it rains or not.
  • If you normally wear glasses or contact lenses, you will need to bring them to read a registration plate at a minimum distance of 66 ft (20.5 metres).
  • You will need to bring your UK licence (photocard), and you also need to know your National Insurance number.  If you have an old style licence, you will need to bring a valid passport. The document must be original, as photocopies are not accepted.

If you would like to purchase any gear (helmets, jackets & gloves), please visit our sister website: www.ridersmotorcycleclothing.co.uk

Please note:

At any point throughout the CBT course the instructor may stop training and ask the student to return another day. This may be due to a number of reasons. If this is the case the instructor will explain why he/she has chosen to do so and be available to give a full debrief and answer any questions. When returning for extra training, you must book back in to the same site you first attended.  Please bare in mind there will be additional charges for any extra training you require.

To book a motorcycle course, or to find out about our latest discounts, you can either click here, or call our friendly team on: 0121 472 6336