CBT to be made tougher

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Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) is set to become harder to pass if new government plans come into place.

A consultation into the improvement of motorcycle training has been launched and one of the first things to be looked at is the CBT.

The CBT has remained largely unchanged for the past 25 years, despite changes to motorbike licences and testing, and the consultation could lead to a major revamp of the training.

According to the Department for Transport (DfT), the structure and content of the CBT could face major changes, while the qualification process for instructors and standard checks for instructor ability will also come under scrutiny.

2014 research

The consultation follows research carried out last year which found that 15 per cent of those undertaking the CBT were not getting the legally defined two-hours of on road practice during the training.

In addition, the research published last year also put forward recommendations on how the CBT could be improved.

Theory tests before CBTs, flexibility of CBT length and refresher courses for some learners were all put forward, as well as more stringent assessment and monitoring of instructors.

Claire Perry, Transport minister, said: “Motorcyclists account for one in every five deaths on our roads, despite representing just one per cent of all traffic.

“This is a shocking statistic – even more so when you consider that 19 per cent of all reported motorcycle casualties involved riders aged 19 and under.

“We must do all we can to improve road safety and I hope our proposals to change the training will do that.”

Any changes made will come just two years after the introduction of more extensive motorcycle licence testing.

The consultation ends on 21 April 2015 when the results will be published.

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