BMF concerned at government CBT inaction

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Published on 9 February 2021 by Mike Waters

The British Motorcyclists Federation is growing increasingly concerned at the government’s inaction over Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) certification and is highlighting a petition calling on the government to grant extensions due to the current lockdown here.

It is common for learner riders or riders who only feel the need to use low-powered powered-two wheelers to only possess a temporary CBT certificate but not another stage of permanent licence. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented many of these riders from being able to renew their certificate.

Without an extension to recognise this issue, many of these riders will be left without a means of personal transport. Because riding with only a CBT certificate is a common practice among delivery riders and essential workers, this will leave many people without a livelihood. Others will be forced to use public transport instead at a time when official advice is to avoid mixing with other people where possible to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Riding using CBT certificates is also common among users of Wheels to Work schemes. These schemes are particularly popular among people in rural areas who have no other means of transport and who are likely to experience difficulties with public transport.

A one-off extension to CBT certification would be welcomed by the motorcycle community and the many thousands of riders who currently depend upon being about to ride to work, volunteer and deliver care in this difficult time. Last year saw an extraordinary extension to MoT certification - as the BMF reported at the time - when strictly holding the usual standards was similarly impractical, so the precedent for official action of this kind clearly exists. 

Commenting, Political and Technical Services Director Anna Zee said: “We are calling on the government to do the right thing and help a great many bikers stay on the road. This is a common-sense solution to something that does not need to be a problem, and a lot of good could be done without significant difficulty.

“The timing is especially significant given the recent publicity around the government’s proposals to update the law so the Attorney General can go on maternity leave on full pay. If one piece of legislation can be updated, why can’t another which would enable a rather larger number of people to stay in work? It has the unfortunate appearance of ‘one rule for them, another for us’."

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