All learner moped and motorcycle riders are required to complete a CBT before going out onto the road and there are five elements that must be completed before a CBT certificate (DL196) can be issued.
If you need cheap transport to get around and are happy to ride a 50cc (at least 16 years old) or a 125cc (at least 17 years old) on L plates, then you must complete a CBT. The only exception to this is holders of full car licences issued before 1st February 2001 who are entitled, by a quirk of the law, to ride a restricted moped. The CBT however, can only be delivered by a Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) approved training school.
Follow the link below and create an account for some free online training that will help towards a more successful CBT day. This is particularly important for first time road users.
Once your course is booked, you need to make sure you're familiar with the Highway Code. It's not a prerequisite for taking a CBT, but you will find it beneficial by brushing up on the contents, as part of the course involves a discussion of rules and regulations of the road.
Read over the following suggestions to ensure that you are fully prepared for the day.
The course is divided into 5 sections and the instructor will assess your performance in all these areas as the day progresses.
Each section must be taken in order and completed before moving onto the next section. Though there are no time limits on each section, there is a minimum time of 2 hours to be spent on the Road Ride section with your instructor.
This should be spent riding and not sitting at the side of the road or in the café. Feedback is given during the ride at appropriate times & a debrief will take place at the end of the ride.
If you spend less than 2 hours out on the road and have not properly completed your road ride, and are still presented with your pass certificate (DL196) at the end of the course, the instructor is in breach of the regulations.
An outline of what is included in each section is listed below:
The first part of your CBT will we classroom-based with an introduction to the course along with what you can expect from your sessions.
This will include a discussion on the importance of safety equipment, licence check and eyesight check. All candidates must be able to read a number plate at 20.5 metres.
You'll be introduced to your machine for the first time at this point.
You will be shown the controls and the instructor will explain how they work. You will also go over some basic checks that you will need to do every time you ride including checking oil, petrol levels and tyre pressure for example. You will then be shown how to take the bike on and off the stand and you will be asked to push the bike to get used to the weight and feel. Finally, you'll be shown how to start the engine.
Here you will be moved to a safe off-road area to start to ride. There are 8 exercises for moped riders and 9 for 125 geared machine riders that must be completed to a satisfactory standard. These range from moving off and stopping, to how to deal with junctions. There are specific control exercises designed to give you confidence, such as the figure of 8 and U-turn exercises.
Now, it's back to the classroom for a well-earned break from riding where you will go through the pre-road ride briefing.
Here you will cover:
Back out on the road, you'll be putting it all together for a minimum of 2 hours (legal requirement). There is a maximum of 2 students per instructor and you will be guided through a variety of road conditions through radio contact.
You will normally begin on quieter roads before progressing to a town centre location with some longer, faster roads to give you the chance to experience a range of road conditions and demonstrate your skills.
Here you will need to show that you are safe and competent. Your instructor will need to feel confident that you would be safe if allowed to drive alone.
When all five elements have been satisfactorily completed, a certificate of completion, called the DL196, will be issued. This certificate validates the relevant entitlements on your driving licence. You need to note that:
Sound theoretical knowledge will help lead to a successful CBT, so a working knowledge of the Highway Code is essential. The link below provides free viewing:
You also may find the links below useful:
As mentioned above, on the day, come sensibly dressed, bearing in mind the weather conditions. Please speak to our staff for advice. You must present your driving licence and DVLA code that enables us to carry out an online check of your driving licence. Follow the online instructions to obtain the code here.
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