Running a motorcycle training school

1. Introduction

The law about providing compulsory basic training (CBT), applying to register as an approved training body (ATB), and making changes to your ATB.

Providing motorcycle training: the law

Compulsory basic training (CBT) can only be provided by certified instructors working for an approved training body (ATB).

Your ATB must be authorised in order to provide CBT and direct access scheme (DAS) courses.

The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) Regulations 1999 (as amended) set out how CBT and DAS courses must be provided.

The ATB is responsible for all regulated training provided by all instructors registered on their behalf. Your ATB’s authority can be removed if your instructors break any of the conditions of approval.

Apply to register as an ATB

You must meet certain rules to be an ATB.

Find out how to set up and register as an ATB

Rules you have to follow

You’ll have to follow certain rules called the ‘conditions of appointment’.

Changes to your ATB

Tell the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) about any changes to your ATB’s details as soon as possible by email or in writing. You need to include your ATB’s number and title.

DVSA CBT team
cbt@dvsa.gov.uk
Telephone: 0115 936 6547
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Find out about call charges

CBT Team
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street
Nottingham
NG1 6LP

Name or address change

All of your instructors’ certificates will need to be replaced if your ATB changes its name or address.

Your instructors can use their old certificates until they get the replacements. You must then send the old certificates to DVSA.

Stop providing training

You should tell DVSA in writing if your ATB stops providing training.

You’ll need to send the following documents to DVSA:

  • all instructor certificates
  • all DL196 certificates (both used and unused)

CBT Team
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency
The Axis Building
112 Upper Parliament Street
Nottingham
NG1 6LP

You’ll get a refund for any unused and unspoilt certificates when you’ve sent all the documents back.

It’s likely that future applications to become an ATB will be affected if you don’t return all of these documents to DVSA.