Training: CBT

CBT is a course of compulsory basic motorcycle training which must be completed before a learner moped or motorcycle rider is allowed to ride unaccompanied on the road with L-plates, (D-plates in Wales). CBT was introduced in 1990 to help reduce the very high accident rate among inexperienced motorcyclists.

You will need to complete CBT if:

* you want to ride a moped (engine not over 50cc with maximum design speed not exceeding 50km/h (approx.31mph).
* you want to ride a motorcycle.

If you obtained your car licence before 1 February 2001 you do not need to complete CBT to ride a moped.


The CBT course invovles five elements:

A. Introduction.

B. Practical on-site traning.

C. Practical on-site riding.

D.Practical on-road training.

E. 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. Trainees must, by law, recieve a minimum two hour on-road ride in element E.


When all five elements have been satisfactorily completed, a certificate of completion, called a DL 196, is issued. This is a legal document which validates the relevant entitlements on your driving licence. It is important that the holder of a DL 196 considers the following points:

*a DL 196 certificate validating a provisional moped or provisional motorcycle entitlement lasts for two years. CBT will have to be retaken if both theory and practical tests are not passed within the two year certificate life.

* for moped entitlement only, if you pass your car test whilst your DL196 is still current or complete a CBT course and obtain a DL 196 after passing your car test, the certificate is not subject to expiry. You will, therefore, need to keep you DL 196 certificate safely. Please note that this applies only to mopeds, for riding motorcycles as a learner the DL 196 remains valid for two years only.

Once you have your certificate you are advised to take additional training to pass you theory and practical tests and qualify for a motorcycle or moped licence. You must take the DL 196 certificate with you when you present for practical test.

Only instructors certified by the Driving Standards Agency can teach CBT at an approved training body (ATB). ATBs must have instructors who have successfully completed a two day assessment and have sites approved by DSA for off-road training.

At 1st Gear we have machines available for both moped and motorcycle CBTs.

The cost of a CBT course is £120-00p including bike hire and necessary protective clothing.

We charge £110-00p if you have your own bike and helmet.

Please note that you are required to show both parts of your provisional licence before the CBT course can begin.