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Frequently Asked Training Questions

Q: What is a CBT?

Compulsory basic training (CBT) was introduced in 1990 to help reduce the very high accident rate among inexperienced motorcyclists. CBT must be completed before a learner moped or motorcycle rider is allowed to ride on the road with L-plates.

You will need to complete CBT if you want to ride a moped, Scooter or Motorcycle

What does CBT involve?

The CBT course involves five elements:

A. Introduction

B. Practical on-site training

C. Practical on-site riding

D. Practical on-road training

E. Practical on-road riding

The five elements have to be completed in sequence, although the order of the exercises within the element can be varied. You will only move on to the next element when your instructor is satisfied you have learnt the necessary theory and demonstrated the practical skills to a safe basic level. Trainees must, by law, receive a minimum two hour on-road ride in Element E.

Certificate of completion (DL 196)

When all five elements have been satisfactorily completed, a certificate of completion, called the DL196, is issued. This is a legal document which validates the relevant entitlements on your driving licence. It is important that the holder of a DL196 considers the following points:

a DL196 certificate validating a provisional moped or provisional motorcycle entitlement lasts for two years – CBT will have to be retaken if both theory and practical tests are not passed within the two year certificate life

for moped entitlement only, if you pass your car driving test whilst your DL196 is still current or complete a CBT course and obtain a DL196 after passing your car test, the certificate is not subject to expiry, you will therefore need to keep your DL196 certificate safely. Please note that this applies to mopeds only, for riding motorcycles as a learner the DL196 remains valid for two years

Once you have your certificate you are advised to take additional training to pass your theory and practical tests and qualify for a motorcycle or moped licence. You must take the DL196 certificate with you when you go to your practical test.

Q: Do I have to do a theory test for my CBT?

No, but it is advised that you have a good understanding of the highway code and read some of the books published by the DSA, click this link to read more>>

Q: How do I get My provisional licence

Before you can learn to ride a motorcycle you must apply for a provisional driving licence. If you already hold a valid full driving licence and want to learn to check for provisional motorcycle entitlement (A). You can apply online, by post or by person.

Q: How do I book my theory test

Motorcycle Theory test is not needed for CBT or training but is required at least 5 clear working days prior to full test. This is not booked through Team Valley Motorcycle Training – you can book it from the links given below.

It is a computer based test run by the government at locations throughout the UK. Everyone wanting a full bike licence must have a motorcycle theory test pass – regardless of other tests taken.

Your theory test will consist of two elements:

Theory: Get at least 43 out of 50 on multiple choice questions based on highway code and rider safety.
Hazard perception: Video clips of traffic situations are played. You must click the mouse when you see a hazard emerging. Pass mark is based on proper reaction time.

Theory test is an external exam and not part of the Team Valley Motorcycle School courses – you can book it via www.direct.gov.uk/booktheorytest/

Q: Do you do lessons on weekends?

Yes, we offer lessons 7 days a week, available when you are.

Q: Do you do CBT's on weekends?

Yes, we conduct CBT’s on weekends.

Q: Are you qualified?

Yes, all our instructors are fully qualified and assessed by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and have many years experience in Instructing and Teaching, they have the knowledge, experience and skills to develop a course specifically for your needs.

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