In the UK, if you want to ride a moped or scooter, you have to take Compulsory Basic Training (CBT). This was introduced in 1990 and has had a remarkable success in reducing, by 76%, the number of moped and scooter riders seriously hurt and killed in motorcycle accidents
The CBT is a training course that helps new riders learn the basic skills and knowledge needed to ride a moped or scooter safely on the road. It is designed to ensure that all new riders have a basic understanding of the rules of the road, as well as how to control their vehicle.
The CBT course is divided into five key elements:
Element A – Introduction and eyesight check – The instructor will introduce themselves and explain the purpose of the training course. They will also check your eyesight to make sure you meet the minimum requirements.
Element B – Practical on-site training – This part of the CBT course you will learn about how the motorcycle or moped works, gain an understand of the types of maintenance checks that are needed, along with getting a feel for the weight and balance of the vehicle.
Element C – Practical on-site – During this stage of the CBT course you will start to ride your moped, scooter or motorbike. By the end of this stage you should have established enough basic skills to be allowed to ride your moped or motorbike safely, before you head out on the road – with your trainer.
Element D – practical on-road training preparation – This stage of the CBT course is to ensure you have all the information you need to ride legally and safely on the road. It will prepare you for the on-road riding element of compulsory basic training (CBT).
Element E – Practical on-road training – During this final stage you will be riding in typical traffic conditions. It will include negotiating traffic lights, roundabouts, junctions, pedestrian crossings, gradients and bends. You will also be expected to carry out a u-turn and an emergency stop. This element draws together the knowledge, understanding and skills you have learnt through the elements A to D. By the end of this stage, you should be able to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and understanding needed to safely ride your moped or motorbike on your own in all conditions.
Click here for more information on the CBT:
- How Training Works – Gov.uk
- CBT Syllabus & Guidance – Gov.uk
Once you have completed the course, you will receive a DL196 certificate. This will allow you to ride a moped up to 50cc or a scooter up to 125cc on the road with L-plates for up to two years.
Electric scooter for the commuter
Gaining a DL196 certificate offers many different people a new, safe and cost-effective way of travelling. For example, commuters can ease in to work in style. Plus, there’s the social aspects of being able to visit family and friends.
The Ultra 4000 is an ideal choice for those looking for an electric scooter that offers style, practicality and cheap travel. The benefits of riding an Ultra 4000 include:
- A top speed of 50mph
- A range of up to 50 miles
- A full charge cost of only 30p
- No road tax (until March 2025)
Electric mopeds for delivery riders
A popular choice of work once completing a CBT is that of the delivery rider. The reason for this is clear: making your own deliveries instead of using other 3rd party organisations means you could save a fortune by taking back control of your own deliveries.
The ideal electric moped for the delivery rider is the Senda 3000 Electric Moped. This is due to the impressive performance stats:
- Range of up to 90 miles
- Government grant of £150
- Top speed of 30mph
- Full charge cost of only 30p
To gain a full and detailed breakdown of the return on investment you could make, use the Delivery Moped Cost Calculator.
Important facts to remember about your CBT
But remember, a provisional motorcycle licence does not permit the carriage of pillion passengers and will only permit the holder to ride motorcycles up to 125cc if they are showing ‘L’ plates.
The holder must take and pass the theory and practical motorcycle tests and obtain a full motorcycle licence within the two-year life of the DL196.
A rider who holds either a full car licence or a full moped licence (gained prior to 1st December 1990) may ride a motorcycle as a learner after first completing CBT as these licences provide provisional motorcycle entitlement. A full car licence issued before 1st February 2001 automatically provides full moped entitlement for which CBT is not required.
The CBT is an essential requirement for anyone who wants to ride a moped, motorbike or scooter on the road in the UK. It provides new riders with the basic skills and knowledge they need to stay safe on the road and helps to reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.