Compulsory basic training (CBT) is a course you usually have to take before you ride a moped or motorcycle on the road.
The training makes sure you can ride safely on your own while you practise for your full moped or motorcycle test.
CBT isn’t a test that you pass or fail.
After you’ve completed CBT, you can ride a:
- moped if you’re 16 or over
- motorcycle up to 125cc and with a power output of up to 11kW if you’re 17 or over
You must use L plates (L or D plates in Wales).
You must pass your full moped or motorcycle test within 2 years, or you have to either take CBT again or stop riding.
You can be fined up to £1,000 and get up to 6 penalty points for riding if you don’t have a valid CBT certificate.
When you don’t need to take CBT
You don’t have to take CBT if you:
- want to ride a moped (up to 50cc) and you passed your car driving test before 1 February 2001
- want to ride a motorcycle and have a full moped licence from passing a moped test since 1 December 1990
- have a full motorcycle licence for one category and want to upgrade to another
- live and ride on some offshore islands