MP calls for CBT extension

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Published on 10 February 2021 by Mike Waters

A motion in Parliament calling for an extension to Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) certification due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been tabled by an MP. 

The BMF has previously expressed its concern over the government’s inaction on CBTs, which have been heavily disrupted by the upheaval around the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdowns brought in to contain it. Without government action to extend certificates until a time when they can be safely renewed, many bikers who depend on them will lose their means of transport and potentially their livelihoods too 

However, Jonathan Edwards MP (Independent, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr) has tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament calling for such an extension. It reads: 

“That this House notes that Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) certificates for motorbikes and mopeds are issued on a two year basis for learner drivers; further notes that these vehicles provide a low carbon mode of transport for passenger and cargo; notes that many key workers use this mode of transport as part of their commute, especially in rural areas where public transport links can be poor; notes that as a result of lockdown measures, motorcycle and moped tests are suspended; expresses concern that road users whose CBT certificates lapse whilst lockdown measures are in place are prohibited from using their vehicles on public roads through no fault of their own; notes that whilst road safety concerns are paramount, motorists in this position have been using their chosen mode of transport for two years; calls for a temporary extension of CBT certificates whilst lockdown measures are in place; and further calls on the Government to annul test fees for people with CBT certificates which have lapsed during the current lockdown if they will not extend their validity.” 

At the time of writing, the Motion – formally known as EDM 1462 – has five signatories in the House of Commons.  

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA), a BMF Corporate Member, has put out a call for a letter-writing campaign to other MPs asking them to back EDM 1462 as well. A ready-made example letter for this purpose can be found on the MCIA’s website here. 

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