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​DVSA changes to improve motorcycle training

Article By Ministry of Bikes

Posted on 04 Jan 2017

DVSA changes to improve motorcycle training

CBT Course

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency have proposed some new changes to the Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) courses, in order to try to reduce the number of people killed and injured in motorcycle accidents.

These changes will ensure that riders will gain the skills and knowledge they require, in order to ride safely and efficiently. As the majority of you will know of course, Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is a course which needs to be taken before you can ride a motorcycle or moped on the road, which allows an instructor to make sure you can ride safely on your own whilst practicing for your full test.

Some of the changes that the DVSA wish to make include:

  • Simplifying the CBT course from five parts to four, which will now focus on motorcycling theory, on-site training, on-road practical riding and the aims of CBT and the importance of equipment.
  • Taking away CBT certificates from those riders with six penalty points, which will stop them riding with L plates after receiving points for careless or dangerous driving.
  • Introducing a theory test for learners before taking a CBT course.
  • Ensure riders who take their CBT course on an automatic bike, continue to only ride an automatic.
  • Introducing a training course for existing riders so they can upgrade their licence without having to re-sit tests or take extra ones.
  • Improve the way instructors qualify to provide training for CBT courses.

The Director of Safety and Training for the Motorcycle Industry Association, Karen Cole has commented on proposed changes, stating:

“We’re delighted to see DVSA has launched this consultation. We believe that the introduction of a new training course is positive and will encourage more riders to use the progressive licence route. We’re also supportive of the proposals to update the qualification arrangements for motorcycle instructors as these will help the training industry”.