Reforming CBT: BMF supports modernisation of compulsory basic training

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Published on 15 July 2015 by Gill

Moped and scooter riders are set to benefit from a reformed compulsory basic training (CBT) system, set to be modernised after the first major review since it was introduced 25 years ago.

The BMF welcomes this review of the CBT scheme. In the 25 years that it has been in place it has served new riders well, helping to prepare them for going out onto our busy roads.  The time to review this system is here and we are very optimistic at the work that has been done so far to improve the scheme. 

The entirely research-based approach to this review, adopted by the DfT has been combined with the early engagement by the DVSA team with training bodies, road safety teams and the BMF is really refreshing.

Public Relations Executive Graeme Hay said: “I am confident that this will result in a successful outcome for our new and most vulnerable riders and I am particularly pleased to see that training providers are to be inspected by the DVSA. 

“I think that this is the only way to make sure that new riders receive the training they are paying for and so dearly need and it sits well with the accreditation scheme that the Motorcycle Industry Association is already delivering.  This will also ensure that the best training organisations, who deliver training that meets the needs of each rider are acknowledged for the important work that they do in setting the motorcyclists of the future off on their journey, safely.”

What will change? 

CBT for learner motorcyclists has mostly kept the same format since its introduction 25 years ago.

In April this year, DVSA consulted with industry stakeholders on the teaching of CBT courses for learner motorcyclists, to make sure they continue to be well-prepared to ride safely on today’s roads.

Following the response to consultation DVSA will look to:

  • develop training materials to give trainees the knowledge they need
  • improve and update information about CBT online
  • introduce changes to the CBT standards checks to focus on core trainer skills
  • begin risk-based, surprise quality assurance visits (By April 2016, depending on the outcome of a pilot trial)
  • make changes to the CBT certificate to include courses taken on an automatic machine
  • develop an earned recognition scheme for those trainers who consistently deliver high quality training.

Future plans

DVSA will continue to work with stakeholders to consider changes to regulations, for example, restricting riders who complete CBT on an automatic machine to riding only automatics and introducing a training route to progressive access.

Any legislative changes will be subject to a public consultation.

More information on the review and consultation can be found here.