What is a CBT?

CBT stands for Compulsory Basic Training - it is a legal requirement which entitles you to a provisional motorcycle license. The CBT is a training course, not a test. It lasts from anywhere between 5 and 8 hours depending on the skill level of the trainee.

In 1990 the CBT was introduced due to high accident rates. Prior to 1990 anybody with a car license could ride a motorcycle with L plates fitted. The Government stepped in with the introduction of the CBT which dropped the annual accident rate by 70%.

The purpose of the CBT is to give new riders the necessary basic skills to improve their road safety awareness and increase their control over a motorcycle.

Who has to do it?

Anybody who wants to ride a moped, scooter or motorcycle must complete the CBT before being legally able to ride on public roads.

However, if you obtained your full car license before February 1st 2001 you may ride a moped under 50cc on the road without L plates - you are also allowed to take a passenger. You are still legally required to complete a CBT to ride a motorcycle with an engine size above 50cc and up to 125cc.

The CBT pass certificate is valid for 24 months from the date you complete the course. During this time (unless you pass your full test) you may not carry a passenger or ride on the motorway. At the end of 24 months, if you haven't completed your full test then you must retake the CBT before your existing certificate expires.

What does it cost?

Please contact us via phone or the contact page - prices vary.

To use your own machine it must be completely road legal and display L plates front and rear. Please remember that you are not legally licensed to ride on a public highway without completing the CBT and so must not ride your machine to us. You are also responsible for the reliability of the machine.

How do I book a CBT?

We require pre-payment and accept most major debit and credit cards. Please call us on 01983 568018 to arrange your booking.

Before arranging your CBT please read up on the highway code and please dress appropriately for riding a motorcycle (helmets are a must - gloves, boots and armoured trousers/jacket are advised). If the weather is likely to be bad it would be an idea to bring some waterproofs. Ensure to get a good night's sleep beforehand and also remember to be careful of any alcohol or prescription medication that may inhibit your abilities on the road. You will also need a packed lunch.

You also need to bring your drivers license and counterpart. If you have an older license you will need to bring a photo ID such as a passport.

License Information

Your current license must be either;

- Provisional Motorcycle
- Provisional Car
- Full Car

It also must have provisional 'Group A Entitlement' in order to take the CBT.

If you have a new style photocard license, please be sure that the photograph is still legally valid (under 10 years old). If the photograph is out of date you are legally unlicensed, and can be fined up to £1000.

If you forget to bring your license, we will be unable to train you and thus will lose your fee. Please remember to bring it and your counterpart/photo ID.

If you wear glasses, please bring them with you. There is an eyesight test before the course begins. If you fail the test, we are unable to train you.

The course starts at 9am so please aim to be with us at 8.45am. We are based at the rear playground of Medina High School, Fairlee Rd, Newport. Please click here to see a map.

Remember; this is not a test. We aim to make the CBT informative and enjoyable for you.


"John is an extremely patient and easy going guy. Thanks to his excellent instruction I passed first time on the DAS course. Thanks again." - Sam C.

"Ryderight are amazing. John is a confidence inspiring instructor who made me feel comfortable from start to finish - thanks!" - Emma H.


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