CBT (Compulsory Basic Training)

Minimum age 16 years restricted to 50cc Scooter

Minimum age 17 years 50cc Scooter or 125 Manual

In order to ride a scooter / automatic bike you have to successfully complete your CBT. This is a one day course, at the end of which a certificate will be issued provided you can demonstrate that you are safe and competent in all aspects of road riding and bike handling.

The certificate will enable you to ride any scooter up to and including a 125cc machine if you are at least 17 years of age. If you are 16 and not yet 17, you are limited to a 50cc scooter. When you reach your 17th birthday you can then ride a 125cc scooter or motorcycle.

There are two main restrictions no matter what age you are when riding on a CBT certificate. Firstly you cannot carry a passenger (pillion) and secondly you cannot ride on a motorway.

When riding on a CBT certificate you must display L plates to the front and rear of your bike.

After successfully completing your CBT course you have four options:

  1. Continue to ride your 125 on your CBT. The only thing you have to do is renew the CBT certificate every two years. However there is no reminder system in place by the DVLA to warn you that your certificate is due for renewal. You may therefore wish to make a note of when you must do the CBT course again. There are no limits to the number of CBT renewals you can complete.
  2. From the age of 17; You can take your theory test and then both parts of the motorcycle test on your 125cc motorcycle or scooter. After passing the tests, you can discard your L plates, carry pillion passengers and ride on the motorway. Note you will be limited to riding a machine of no more than 125cc and no more than 14.6BHP (11KW) of power. This licence is known as Category A1. Light (small) motorcycle.
  3. From the age of 19; You can take your theory test and then both parts of the motorcycle test on a machine of at least 395cc and between 33 BHP (25KW) and 46.6 BHP (35KW) of power. After passing the tests, you will be limited to the size and power of these machines; you can discard your L plates, carry pillion passengers and ride on the motorway. If you are taking this test after already passing Category A1 above, you will not need to do the theory test again. This licence in known as Category A2. Standard (medium) motorcycle.
  4. From the age 24; You can take your theory test and then both parts of the motorcycle test on a machine of at least 595cc and at least 53.6 BHP (40KW) of power. After passing the tests, you will be permitted to ride any machine of any cc and of any power, you can discard your L plates, carry pillion passengers and ride on the motorway. If you are taking this test after already passing Category A1 or A2 above, you will not need to do the theory test again. If you are taking this test after passing the A2 test and have at least two years’ experience of riding machines in the A2 category, you can take this test before you are aged 24. (eg; pass A2 at aged 19 years and then ride for 2 years. Take this test at aged 21). This licence in known as Category A. Unlimited (unrestricted) motorcycle.

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