Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) must be completed by law before any new moped or motorcycle rider is allowed to ride on the road with learner plates. At Mungo’s Motorcycle School we offer a free assessment of your riding skills. After the assessment we will put together the best package for you to meet the required skill level to take your test and ride safely.

Who needs to take training

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

The training makes sure you can ride safely on your own while you practice for your full moped or motorcycle test. CBT is not a test that you pass or fail.

After you have completed CBT, you can ride a

  • moped if you are 16 years old or older
  • motorcycle up to 125cc and with a power output of up to 11 kW if you are 17 years old 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.

You can be fined up to £1000 and get up to 6 penalty points on your licence for riding if you do not have a valid CBT

When you do not need to take CBT

You do not have to take a CBT if you

  • want to ride a moped (up to 50cc) and if 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
How the training works

The Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course usually lasts a full day. It can take longer depending on how quickly you learn.

There are 5 parts to the course

  • introduction and eye sight check
  • on-site training
  • on-site riding
  • on-road training
  • on-road riding

You move from one part to the next when your trainer is happy that you have

  • learned the theory
  • shown the practical skills to a safe basic level
On-road riding

The on-road riding part must last at least 2 hours.

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