Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is an introductory training course that anyone wishing to
- ride a moped or a light category A1 Motorcycle on the road on L plates
- or go on take a full motorcycle / moped test
must first successfully complete. It can be completed in one day of approximately 7 hours though some students may take longer and require more sessions to master the necessary control and safety skills before they can ride by themselves. CBT is made up of 5 elements with a syllabus defined by the DVSA. The 5 elements must be delivered in the order set by the DVSA but a good instructor will know how to adapt the syllabus delivery within each element to the needs of individual students. If a student needs more practice in a specific element to progress through the course you can book further sessions to pick up where you left off and so in this regard it is training and not a pass/fail test.
The 5 elements are
The aims of CBT
Making suitable decisions about equipment and clothing and meeting the eyesight rules.
Element B practical on-site training
How the motorcycle or moped works, what maintenance checks are needed, getting a feel for the weight and balance of the vehicle, using the stands.
Element C practical on-site riding
Control of the motorcycle, carrying out core manoeuvres safely and under full control, using the brakes, changing gear, and carrying out observations.
Element D practical on-road training
Meeting the legal requirements to ride, attitude, positioning, separation distances, speed, anticipating what other road users may do, and preparing for developing hazards.
Element E practical on-road riding
Riding in typical traffic conditions (including traffic lights, roundabouts, junctions, pedestrian crossings, gradients, and bends), and carrying out a u-turn and an emergency stop.