Compulsory Basic Training

In the United Kingdom, the term Compulsory Basic Training (abbreviated to CBT) is a preliminary vehicular training course which must be completed by learner-civilians wishing to ride a motorcycle or moped unaccompanied on the road, and remains valid for 2 years upon completion. It was introduced on 1 December, 1990 as a means of reducing accidents on the road caused by inexperienced drivers by reviewing aspects of riding both on and off the road with a qualified motorcycle instructor registered with an Approved Training Body (ATB). If a full car licence was obtained before 1 February 2001 it is not necessary to complete a CBT course to ride a moped.

A test passed on an a bike with automatic transmission will result in a licence for this type of machine only.

See also



  1. United Kingdom Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. 2006. "Driver Licensing for Motorcyclists" [Online] Available: [18 August, 2006]
  2. United Kingdom Government, Directgov. 2008. About compulsory basic training [Online] Available: [11 May, 2008]
  3. United Kingdom Driving Standards Agency. 2001. Motorcycle Safety Program (Definition of Compulsory Basic Training syllabus) [Online] Available


  1. UNITED KINGDOM. 1998. Road Traffic Act 1988 (c. 52). OPSI Archives [Laws]
  2. UNITED KINGDOM. 1998. Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Act 1999. OPSI Archives [Laws]
  3. UNITED KINGDOM. 1998. Statutory Instrument 1998 No. 20 - The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations OPSI Archives [Laws]
  4. UNITED KINGDOM. 2003. Statutory Instrument 2003 No. 166 - The Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations OPSI Archives [Laws]


  1. United Kingdom Department for Transport. 2007. "The Official Highway Code" United Kingdom Driving Standards Agency

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