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CBT (Compulsory Basic Training)
All learner motorcyclists and moped riders must satisfactorily complete CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) before riding on the road. The CBT course covers 5 stages. These have to be taken in sequence. The whole course takes from 6 to 8 hours.
When you've successfully completed all 5 stages you'll be issued with a Certificate of Completion of training (DL196). A DL196 has a 2 year life. If you don't pass both your theory and practical tests in that time then you'll have to take the CBT course again.
You can now ride on the road on a learner legal motorcycle. You can also now apply for the DSA motorcycle theory test and, if you pass that, go on to take the practical test. After CBT there are other courses you can go on to prepare for the test.
• The legal requirements
If you are using your own bike you must also have insurance and L plates front and rear (non-cut near vertical). Most training centres will rent you a bike with insurance cover.
You must also have a helmet which meets BSI 6658 and ECE 22-05 standards (there should be a sticker indicating this). If not we will rent or lend you one.
Equipment and Clothing
Essential clothing requirements for CBT:
• Helmet - BSI 6658 and ECE 22-05 standards
At the end of the session you should understand the purpose of the course and the relative merits of different types of protective clothing.
• Foot controls
• Recognize the importance of reading and understanding the Highway Code
You will have to demonstrate that you can ride competently and safely in a variety of road and traffic conditions.
Your training will cover how to cope with a range of hazards and include as many of the following as possible:
• Traffic lights
You must repeat the following exercises (originally practised during element C) but this time in on-road conditions:
• Carry out the U turn
At the end of this session you will be assessed. If you have performed adequately and if you show that you recognise your mistakes and that you are aware of the need to continue practising on your own then you will be given the certificate of completion (DL196).
The CBT certificate validates your provisional licence and must be kept with it and produced when required and at your driving test. It is valid for 2 years. If you lose it your training centre will be able to provide you with a duplicate.
You should also note that CBT does not train a rider to practical test standard, and that in the Department of Transport's view, further training is advisable.
When you've satisfactorily completed your CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) course you'll be given a "Certificate of Completion of an Approved Training Course for Motor Vehicles in Categories A and P" or DL196 for short. Category A is for motorcycles, and category P is for mopeds. The DL196 validates the provisional motorcycle and/or moped entitlement on your driving licence. With the DL196 and your provisional licence you're now licensed to ride on the road with L plates (D plates in Wales) and to practice for your motorcycle or moped test.
When you attend a motorcycle or moped test present the DL196 to your driving examiner. If you don't take it with you your test will be cancelled and you'll lose your fee.
The certificate has a 2 year life. If you don't pass both your theory and practical tests within that time you'll have to take your CBT again.
The certificate has name, address, driver number (so is not transferable), date of issue and a hologram to help prevent fraud.
The other details include the instructor's name and certificate number, and the address and reference of the training body.
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