How does it work?
A provisional licence holder must undergo a course of on-site and on-road basic training (CBT) before being allowed to ride on public roads. On completing the course they will be issued with a 'Certificate of Completion of an Approved Training Course' (DL196). This will validate the provisional entitlement on their licence and allow them to ride on the road, as a learner rider. The rider will need to produce a valid DLI96 and where applicable a Driving Theory Test Certificate before taking the practical motorcycle test. Full moped licence holders since 1990 (e.g. who have taken CBT) do not need a valid DL196 in order to ride a motorcycle as a learner. Provisional motorcycle licences issued since 1 February 2001 will normally be valid until-age-70. Motorcycle test candidates are exempt from the Motorcycle Theory Test requirement if they hold either:
A full licence for another class included in category A (e.g. light motorcycle - subcategory AI) or A full moped (category P) licence held as a result of passing a two part moped test.
A rider who holds either a full car licence or a full moped licence (gained prior to 1 December 1990) may ride a motorcycle as a learner after first completing CBT as these licences provide provisional motorcycle entitlement. A full car licence issued before 1 February 2001 automatically provides full moped [50cc] entitlement for which CBT is not required.
From 1 February 2001, DL196 certificates issued will be valid for a period of 2 years. DL196 certificates issued prior to 1 February 2001 are valid for 3 years. The flexibility for learner riders to take CBT and the theory test in any order is available. Riders will have to retake CBT if they have been returned to provisional status as a result of convictions within 2 years of obtaining their full licence under the New Drivers Act or if they have received a disqualification.
A provisional motorcycle licence will not permit the carriage of pillion passengers and will only permit the holder to ride motorcycles up to 125cc. 'L' plates must be displayed. The holder must take and pass the theory and practical motorcycle tests and obtain a full motorcycle licence within the two-year life of the DL196 Certificate. If the DL196 is allowed to expire, the rider will be required to complete another course of CBT before continuing to ride on the road.
CBT will apply to all learner riders who are residents of mainland Great Britain.
What does that mean?
What that means is, anyone who wishes to pass CBT must attend a 1 day course at an approved training school. During this course, there will be a mix of class room presentations, off road practice on a 50 or 125cc bike and a road ride to demonstrate the skills learned during the course. Sixteen years old? then learn to ride a 50cc moped then when your 17 you can ride a 125cc on the same CBT. The C.B.T enables you to ride gears or automatic no matter what you actually did your C.B.T on.
Attending Compulsory Basic Training is required by law before taking to the road and is also a fantastic introduction to motorcycling. The course leading to the award of the CBT Certificate covers the following:
- The Basics: Legal Requirements, Safety, Clothing, Highway Code, Motorcycle Riding Theory.
- Introduction to machine controls: Safety Checks, Motorcycle controls, Basic Maintenance.
- On Site training: Practicing Manoeuvres, Building skills and confidence.
- Road craft: Road conditions, Road hazards, Awareness of other road users.
- On-road training: Out on the road with the instructor closely advising, Experience of varying traffic conditions.
- Certification: Provided you have reached a satisfactory level of competence, a Certificate of Completion of Approved Training will be issued and you may now ride on the road with 'L' plates.
- The C.B.T is valid for two years, no passengers, must display L-plates.