CBT or Compulsory Basic Training is a form of training that must be completed by anyone who wants to legally ride a moped or motorcycle on the road. Compulsory Basic Training has five stages that should be completed in the suggested order. After a person has successfully completed each of these stages, he or she can obtain a Certificate of Completion, also referred to as the DL196, which will allow this individual to take the theoretical and practical test. The five stages of CBT are:
Step 1 – Introduction
To introduce the course to the applicant, trainers will cover the topics that follow:
- What trainees can expect when completing this programme
- The legal requirements for moped and motorcycle operators
- The different forms of acceptable equipment and clothing that can be used when operating a vehicle
Step 2 – The Completion Of Off-Road Training
Step will introduce trainees to all major motorcycle components and the manner in which these parts work. This aspect of compulsory basic training covers both automatic and manual operation of vehicles. Trainees will learn how to locate, identify and use controls, as well as how to interpret instrument panels. Trainees will additionally learn how to conduct basic machine checks.
Step 3 – Riding On The Road
During stage three of Compulsory Basic Training, trainees will be taught how to control gears, how to change them, how to maneuver, brake and perform safety maneuvers, as well as how to move off the road, observe road conditions at the front and rear of their vehicles, manage junctions, and stop.
Step 4 – Training On The Road
Stage four of CBT is meant to get trainees ready for actually riding on the road by teaching them about the risks and dangers of riding. Among some of the most important lessons taught in this portion of instruction are:
- Driving defensively
- Assuming proper road position and maintaining it
- Recognising the impact of road conditions and weather on vehicles
- The importance of maintaining safety while on the road
- The value and importance of the Highway Code
Step 5 – On-Road Riding Instruction
The final stage of CBT teaches people how be competent riders irrespective of road conditions and other factors. Trainees will learn how to manage their vehicles in relation to pedestrians, traffic lights, bends, pedestrian crossings, and roundabouts among other things. Trainees will be observed and assessed according to how well they’re able to maneuver, make U-turns, brake and stop. Once their sessions end, trainees will be assessed on these factors.