Government to roll out CBT changes from December

The Government is set to roll out proposed changes intended to ‘improve’ Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) over the next 24 months.

The first changes will be seen as soon as this December, with a number of other improvements to be implemented across 2016/17.

Last December, a report commissioned by the Department for Transport into the effectiveness of CBT courses recommended a number of changes be implemented in order to make motorcycling safer for new riders.

A proposed plan was then outlined in March this year for public consultation over the following months.

With the results of the consultation now in, the Government will begin to roll out the proposed changes later this year.

As the law stands, CBT can be taken from 16 years old and once passed, a rider can ride a motorcycle up to 125cc on the road unaccompanied with ‘L’ plates for two years (limited to 50cc for 16 year olds).

The changes come after statistics showed there were between 7,000 and 8,000 road collisions involving motorcyclists or moped riders aged 16-26 each year from 2009 to 2012. 58% of these incidents involved riders aged between 16 and 19.