Compulsory Basic Training

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

You will need to complete CBT if you want to ride a moped (a moped has an engine not over 50 cc with maximum design speed not exceeding 50 kilometres per hour (km/h) which is approximately 31 miles per hour) you want to ride a motorcycle.

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

The CBT course involves five elements:

A. Introduction

B. Practical on-site training

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, receive a minimum two hour on-road ride in Element E.

Element A

Check Driving Licence
Check Eyesight
Introduction to Aims of CBT
Explain Equipment and Clothing

Element B

Motorcycle Controls
Safety Checks and Stands
Wheeling Motorcycle
Starting and Stopping the engine

Element C

Riding in a straight line and stopping
Riding slowly
Using the brakes
Changing gear
Figure of eight
Emergency stopping
Rear Observations
Turning Left and Right

Element D

Legal Requirements
Highway Code
Rear Observation
Road Positioning
Separation Distance
Weather Conditions
Road Surfaces
Alcohol and Drugs
Hazard Perception

Element E

Traffic Lights
Pedestrian Crossings
Emergency Stop

*Element E will last fora minimum of 2 hours

Only instructors certified by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) can teach CBT at an approved training body (ATB), such as Coggers. Visit the Price List for information on course prices