What do YOU want from the new CBT?

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Published on 8 June 2017 by Robert Drane

A recent government consultation proposed a number of changes to the CBT. Some of the consultation was about ensuring good and consistent standards of instruction, including a proposal for recognising the best instructors. Other proposals include:

  • changes to the CBT curriculum
  • moving CBT administration to a digital platform – currently it is entirely paper-based
  • riders passing their CBT on a machine with automatic transmission would need additional training to qualify for a non-automatic
  • riders who accrue six penalty points while still riding on a CBT should lose their provisional licence until they re-take the CBT – this is in line with the penalties for novice riders who accrue too many points

Read more: Are four motorcycle tests too many?


In addition, the DVSA has been considering a training, as opposed to testing, path to getting a full motorcycle licence. The proposal for upgrading your licence with training was not detailed, just a proposal in principle, but welcome nonetheless. However, it will probably require changes to the DVLA computer system, so don't expect it to be available very quickly.

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