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You must successfully complete a CBT training course and gain a DL196 certificate in order to ride legally as a learner. At 16 years you may then ride up to a 50cc moped restricted to approx 28mph and at 17 years and over up to a 125cc 15bhp max motorcycle or scooter. The CBT will be valid for 2 years. restrictions:- passengers, motorways, trailer towing or riding outside the UK not allowed and you must fit front and rear L-Plates.

One exception to the rule is if you passed your UK car test prior to 1st Feb 2001 by default you are permitted to ride a 50cc moped/scooter without a CBT and no L-Plates are required. It would however be sensible to take a CBT course if you have no previous experience.


UK Licence holder

:- to ride 50cc and up to 125cc a CBT is required

Full UK Car Licence passed after 1/2/2001

:- to ride 50cc and up to 125cc a CBT is required

Full UK Car Licence

passed prior to 1/2/2001

:- to ride 50cc CBT not required

:- to ride over 50cc and up to 125cc CBT required

To ride bigger than 125cc bikes/scooters you will need to gain full A or A2 bike licence

We offer 2 types of CBT courses


This course is for beginners and persons  persons that haven’t taken a CBT before regardless of their experience. Also for persons who previously held a CBT but have done little riding since. Also  for persons that have previously taken CBT on  an auto scooter but want to take CBT on a manual bike but have never ridden one.

We usually start this course at 8.30am .  You need to bear in mind that the course could take  6-9 hours to complete so do not make any other arrangements. There is usually a lunch break which could be up to 2 hours if you are scheduled on the second afternoon element E. road ride. Our CBT sessions are usually conducted on a basis of 2-3  students to 1 instructor off road and  2 students to 1 instructor during element E. on the road .


This course has all the features of the 1st time course except that its only for competent riders with good experience renewing their certificates it should therefore take about 4.5 – 5 hours. 

We usually start this course at 8am or earlier .The course is usually conducted on a basis of 1-2  students to 1 instructor off road   and  2 students to 1 instructor during element E. on the road .

IMPORTANT:-Proof of a previous CBT certificate that has expired less than 6 months ago will need to be seen on arrival. 

Under no circumstances would this renewal course suit persons who have not taken a CBT before regardless of their experience.  Not suitable if your last CBT was on an auto scooter and you now wish to take CBT on a manual motorcycle but have no manual experience.


CBT is not a test it is a course you must complete to a satisfactory standard.

Remember to bring your UK licence or E.U licence with D91, dress appropriately and make sure your eyesight is legal to ride. and that your Highway Code knowledge up to scratch. See terms and conditions.

You can take CBT on a auto or geared bike/scooter and you will be covered to ride either type. We would suggest if you are buying a geared bike then take CBT properly on a geared bike otherwise it could be very dangerous.

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 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 min two hour on-road ride in Element E.

Elements A – D are site based during which you will be shown the machines controls and learn which safety checks to make. Next learn how to use the stands and how to start up, move away, slow ride, change gear, and stop practice. You will also practice emergency stops, U turns and other slow speed control exercise. left & right turns etc. and have a pre road briefing.

Element E. This is the on-road part of the course where your instructor will coach you up to a safe competent level of riding. This road ride section will take at least 2 hours and tuition will be given by way of a radio link and kerb side briefings. You will need to demonstrate to your instructor that you can ride safely in a wide variety of road a traffic situation. Certificate of completion (DL196)

For most students CBT can be completed in one day, however you’re an individual so don’t worry if your struggling to get the hang of things it can take longer than 1 visit in some cases. If you need to come back on another day/s to carry on you would be entitled to a reduced daily rate. Any reduced rate return visit must be within 4 weeks of previous course.

When all five elements have been satisfactorily completed, a certificate of completion, called the DL 196, is issued. This is a legal document which validates the relevant entitlements on your driving licence. It is important that the holder of a DL196 considers the following points.

A DL 196 certificate entitlement lasts for 2 years – CBT will have to be retaken if both theory and Mod 1 & Mod 2 full licence tests are not passed within the 2-year certificate life.

For 50cc moped entitlement only, if you pass your car driving test whilst your DL196 is still current or complete a CBT course and obtain a DL196 after passing your car test, the certificate is not subject to expiry, you will therefore need to keep your DL196 certificate safely. Please note this applies to 50cc mopeds only, for riding over 50cc and up to 125cc motorcycles/scooters as a learner the DL196 remains valid for 2 years.


If you prefer CBT can sometimes be taken on a personal tuition basis this would be is 1:1 on the training site and on the road element.

Please call us to discuss your requirements. Cost is usually double our normal CBT price.


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