Learner & New Driver & Riders

As a Learner Bike Rider

Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)

Compulsory basic training (CBT) was introduced in 1990 to help reduce the very high accident rate among inexperienced motorcyclists. You will need to complete a CBT if:

• You want to ride a moped (a moped has an engine not over 50 cc with maximum design speed not exceeding 50 kilometres per hour which is approximately 31 miles per hour)
• You want to ride a motorcycle
• If you obtained your car licence before 1 February 2001 you do not need to complete a CBT to ride a moped.

The CBT course involves five elements:

• Introduction and eyesight check
• Practical on-site training
• Practical on-site riding
• Practical on-road training
• Practical on-road riding

You’ll move from one element to the next when your trainer is happy you’ve learnt the theory and demonstrated the practical skills to a safe basic level.

The five elements have to be completed in sequence, although the order of the exercises within the element can be varied. You will only move on to the next element when your instructor is satisfied you have learnt the necessary theory and demonstrated the practical skills to a safe basic level. Trainees must, by law, receive a minimum two hour on-road ride in Element E.

When you complete CBT to at least the minimum standard, you’ll get a certificate of completion – also called a DL196. This certificate of completion lets you ride a moped or a motorbike up to 125cc on the road with L plates for two years. You have to take your full motorcycle test within a two year period, or have to take the CBT again.


As a Learner Car Driver

Being a good driver isn’t just about knowing how to operate a vehicle. A good driver takes responsibility for their own safety, the safety of their passengers and others around them. Choose an approved driving instructor (ADI) who cares about road safety and will discuss this with you in detail.

As a new driver

You are vulnerable: Having passed the driving test you are able to drive unsupervised for the first time and this can be quite daunting initially making you much more vulnerable than you may realise. Consider further training so that you can drive safely in all conditions and on all types of road and this will reduce your risk of being involved in a collision. That risk is already reflected in car insurance premiums which could be reduced by taking further training.

Any driver who receives 6 points within the first 2 years after obtaining their full licence will have their licence returned to the DVLA where it will be revoked and they will have to retake their driving test.

Life Drive Course for New Drivers


17-25 years old? Passed your test but are feeling nervous about driving? Like some extra driver training?

This FREE scheme can help you feel more confident by providing enjoyable and interactive enhanced theory and practical driver training – and a free £50 Amazon voucher for everyone completing the course! 

LifeDrive is designed to reduce accidents by helping younger drivers to understand why collisions happen and how to avoid them, developing their skills and experience with free post-test theory and practical sessions. It is open to all young people aged between 17 and 25 who live in Dorset and have passed their driving test within the past four years. LifeDrive is available thanks to Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole through Gold Driving Academy.

There are two elements to LifeDrive:

  • A two-hour classroom-based theory session held at SafeWise Bournemouth and SafeWise Weymouth (these are usually held on weekday evenings)
  • A 90 minute drive-out with a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor.  You will require your own vehicle for the practical session.
  • Optional extra! You are also welcome to take part in a 60 minute evaluation drive out in around 6 months’ time (with an additional free £30 Amazon voucher on completion!)

Next theory session dates 2020:

7 July 2020 – SafeWise, 1 Roundways, Elliott Road, Bournemouth, BH11 8JJ

17 September 2020 – SafeWise, 1 Roundways, Elliott Road, Bournemouth, BH11 8JJ

20 October 2020 - Weymouth Fire Station, Radipole Lane, Weymouth, DT4 0QF

11 November 2020 - SafeWise, 1 Roundways, Elliott Road, Bournemouth, BH11 8JJ

7 December 2020 - SafeWise, 1 Roundways, Elliott Road, Bournemouth, BH11 8JJ

All sessions run from 7 – 9pm, you are welcome to come on your own or with friends. If you would like to sign up then just email https://lifedriveuk.org/

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