If you are new to motorcycling this is where you start. By law you must complete a CBT course before you are allowed to ride a moped or a 125cc motorcycle with L-plates on public roads.
The CBT course is not a test - it is a training course. It will teach you the basics of controlling a motorcycle safely and give you the confidence to venture out on the public roads to ride by yourself and practice safe riding to help you prepare for the DVSA's 2 part Practical Motorcycle Test.
The CBT course is normally completed in one day but some candidates may take longer to complete it. We can also run CBT courses split over two consecutive mornings or afternoons on weekdays.
What are the requirements?
You must be at least 16 years of age to ride a moped.
You must be at least 17 years of age to ride a light motorcycle.
You must have a Provisional Driving License with Category AM (Moped up to 50cc not exceeding 4kW) entitlement if you are 16.
You must have at least a Provisional Driving License Category A1 (Light Motorcycle up to 125cc not exceeding 11kW) entitlement if you are 17 or older.
You must be able to read a standard UK number plate at a distance of 20.5 metres. If you use glasses or contact lenses for the eyesight test you must wear them for the practical riding parts (both off-road and on-road) of the CBT course.
If you have a Full Car Driving Licence and want to ride a Category A1 Light Motorcycle you must complete a CBT course.
Full Car Licence holders may be exempt from CBT if they only want to ride a 50cc moped not exceeding 4kW in power. See the exceptions for car drivers at the end of this page for more information.
You must have a working knowledge of the rules of the road, particularly how to negotiate roundabouts and traffic lights. It is a good idea to obtain a copy of the Highway Code and study it before you attend a CBT course.
Wear protective motorbike clothing and sturdy footwear on the day of the course. We can loan you a helmet and a motorcycle jacket and motorcycle gloves for the duration of the course.
I have completed the CBT course. Where do I go from here?
Upon completion of the CBT course you will be issued with a DL-196 certificate also known as a CBT-certificate. This allow you to legally ride either a moped (Category AM at age 16) or a light motorcycle (Category A1 at age 17) with L-plates on public roads. You are not allowed on Motorways and you are not allowed to carry pilion passengers.
The CBT certificate lasts for 2 years. It is a good idea to pass the Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency's Motorcycle Theory Test and the two-part Practical Motorcycle Test during this time otherwise you will have to complete the CBT course again if you want to continue riding on the road.
Our Direct Assess courses are designed to give you all the required on-road and off-road training to improve your riding, build your confidence and to prepare you for the Practical Motorcycle Tests.
Exceptions for Car Drivers who only want to ride a 50cc moped...
The rules are slightly different if you have a Full Car Driving Licence and only want to ride a 50cc Moped not exceeding 4kW in power.
If you obtained your Full Car Licence BEFORE the 1st February 2001 you do not have to complete CBT and you do not have to display L plates on a 50cc Moped. You are also allowed to carry a pillion passenger.
If you obtained your Full Car Driving Licence AFTER the 1st February 2001 you must complete a CBT course before you can ride a 50cc Moped without L plates on public roads. The CBT will be valid as long as your Driving Licence is valid.
If you decide that you want to ride a Category A1 Light Motorcycle you must first complete a CBT course and the CBT certificate will only be valid for 2 years.