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CBT Test

CBT Test

In order to ride a scooter you need to pass a CBT test. CBT stands for Compulsory Basic Training, and it marks the absolute minimum of knowledge required to safely be on the road. It's required for both 50cc and 125cc scooters, and can be upgraded to a full licence with further training. Below is some of the most useful information on the CBT test, including what to expect during training.

CBT isn't necessarily a pass or fail course. Generally, it will take place across a full day and consists of five parts. You only move onto the next part of the training if the instructor is happy you've learnt the theory and can demonstrate your practical knowledge safely. Once you've completed your CBT, you'll be required to display L-plates on your scooter until you obtain your proper motorcycle licence. You'll need to either pass your full test within two years, or take another CBT test.

The five parts to the course are:

  • Introduction and eyesight test
  • Training on private land
  • Riding on private land
  • On-road training
  • On-road riding

The purpose of the off-road training is to allow you to build confidence before riding on a public road, and allow the instructor to assess your competence. You will be shown the basic components of the scooter, including how to ride and safety advice. The instructor will also teach you the basic weekly checks to carry out on your scooter, along with training on how to start and stop the vehicle.

All sections other than on-road riding aren't restricted by time, as you'll only move on if the instructor decides you're able. The on-road riding section must last a minimum of two hours, but some instructors will give you up to four hours of training. While riding on the road, you'll learn the necessary rules of the Highway Code, including stop signals and appropriate road placement for scooters. There will be several manoeuvres you'll be expected to perform, such as an emergency stop and a U-turn.

Once you've completed your CBT, you will be awarded a certificate. This is recognised by the DVLA in the same way as a driving test certificate, and is what legally allows you to be on the road. You don't have to carry this around with you, but you will have to provide a copy within 7 days if requested by a police officer or traffic enforcement officer. As mentioned above, the CBT certificate is valid for two years after the date you passed. If you continue riding once this has expired, without getting a new one or passing your test, you can be fined and banned from the road for an indeterminate amount of time.

A CBT test is very easy to obtain, and allows you to get on the road and gain experience. Unlike a full driving test, it is very cheap. This makes it a good choice for young people, and those who need a cheap method of transportation.