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What is a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course?

Compulsory basic training (CBT) is a course you usually have to take before you ride a moped or motorcycle on the road.

After you’ve completed CBT, you can ride a moped if you’re 16 or over motorcycle up to 125cc and with a power output of up to 11kW if you’re 17 or over.

You must use L plates (L or D plates in Wales). You must pass your full moped or motorcycle test within 2 years, or you have to either take CBT again or stop riding.

For a CBT to be achieved you must successfully demonstrate your ability to understand and put into practice each of the elements listed below.

Each element will be included in the training day, and each element must be successfully achieved before moving to the next one.

Element A: Introduction Element B: Practical on-site training Element C: Practical on-site riding Element D: Practical on-road training Element E: Practical on-road riding

You do not have to take CBT if you:

  • want to ride a moped (up to 50cc) and you passed your car driving test before 1 February 2001

  • want to ride a motorcycle and have a full moped licence from passing a moped test since 1 December 1990

  • have a full motorcycle licence for one category and want to upgrade to another

  • live and ride on some offshore islands

  • want to ride a trial e-scooter

Contact us if you are want to discuss the CBT course and the requirements.

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