Step 1 – Applying for my Provisional Drivers License
You are able to apply three months prior to your 16th Birthday for a provisional drivers license. This is a legal document and is required to be able to ride a moped or motorcycle.
It’s also a useful form of ID and cheaper to replace than a passport!
Step 2 – Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)
At the age of 16 you are able to ride a moped with an engine size of 50cc or less and a top speed of 45km/h or less, but first you need to complete your CBT.
There are hundreds of test centres across the UK however test prices vary depending on your location – the average price usually ranges from £89 – £150. Compulsory Basic Training is not a test – it is basic training, which will help you become a safe and confident road user.
This course is a legal requirement for any learner riders and the aim is to reduce accidents among inexperienced motorcyclists. Once you have completed the course you will receive a certificate (DL196) and this is valid for two years only. After the two-year period you will have to take the CBT course again.
You don’t need your own bike to take the CBT as you can hire one from the test centre, as well as any equipment, for no extra charge. You can choose to use your own motorbike but it needs to have a valid MOT, Road Tax and Insurance.
The course takes eight hours to complete and this is usually done over one full day. You will usually be in a group of four with one instructor throughout the day.