Preparing for your Compulsory Basic Training 

Are you about to take or renew your Compulsory Basic Training in order to ride a motorcycle? If so, this free, short online course will help you to feel more prepared and confident on the day, and includes essential information from the Highway Code.

Learn about road positioning, traffic signs and correct behaviour at junctions and roundabouts. Find out what a 'lifesaver' is and the importance of wearing proper protective clothing. The course can be completed on computer, tablet or mobile device.

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Approved training providers

To ride a motorcycle or scooter, you'll need to complete your Compulsory Basic Training (CBT), which can only be provided by qualified instructors working for a training provider approved by the Driver and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA).

All approved training providers delivering CBT must include a classroom-based theory element, and a minimum of two hours' on-road riding at a maximum of two riders per trainer.

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) offers an additional level of accreditation for training providers to highlight those that offer the highest standards of training and service.

To find an accredited training provider in London, visit the MCIA website.

Develop your skills

1-2-1 Motorcycle Skills

Sign up for a free, 1-2-1 Motorcycle Skills session to develop your urban riding skills and become safer on London's roads. The sessions are entirely tailored to you. Ride the routes you use most frequently or find most challenging, choose the start and end locations, and take the session at a time and date to suit you.

Sessions are two hours long, available seven days a week between 06:00-19:00, and are run by qualified instructors.

Beyond CBT: Skills for Delivery Riders

Are you a motorcycle delivery rider? If so, sign up for a free Beyond CBT: Skills for Delivery Riders course to improve your riding skills and help you to better navigate London's busy roads On this course, you will learn about the Highway Code, motorcycle maintenance how to secure and ride with a variety of loads, and how to use a satnav system on the move. Then you'll be planning and riding a route through a busy urban environment, delivering to a number of locations.

To book on to either of these two courses, check the regional map below to identify your area and then contact the relevant training provider. Note that the Beyond CBT course does not currently have a training centre available in north-east London. Riders in this region will have to attend the course at one of our other two training centres

North-west London
Universal Motorcycle Training
Cal: 0333 358 7333 / 0792 006 4807
Email: contact@universalmct.co.uk

South London
Phoenix Motorcycle Training
Call: 020 8819 4231
Email: bookings@teachmetoride.co.uk

North-east London (for 1-2-1 Motorcycle Skills only)
Phoenix Motorcycle Training
Call: 020 8819 4231
Email: bookings@teachmetoride.co.uk

BikeSafe-London

Sign up for a BikeSafe-London Rider Skills Day to boost your biking ability and improve your safety on the road. Run in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service, these courses offer expert advice, including an observed ride on urban and rural roads with police motorcyclists. They will offer guidance on everything from cornering and filtering to spotting hazards and making yourself visible.

This course has already helped thousands of riders to improve their riding skills and confidence, helping to reduce motorcycle casualties on London's roads.

This one-day course costs £45. Courses take place at the Ace Cafe, Bushey Sports Club, Chigwell Sports Club, Imber Court, The BikeShed and The Warren.

For more information and to book, visit the BikeSafe-London website or call 02476 408 034

Insurance discount

The following companies offer a discount on their motorcycle insurance for riders who have completed either 1-2-1 Motorcycle Skills or BikeSafe-London.

Safer Motorcycling in London

In addition to our high-quality training courses, we are working to improve motorcycle riding standards in the Capital in the following ways:

  • We are developing a new Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) standard for those companies that make deliveries by motorcycle, to improve their operational standards. We will encourage all companies who operate their own motorcycle fleets, or use self-employed riders, to gain FORS accreditation and to send their riders on our Beyond CBT: Skills for Delivery Riders course
  • We are seeking to improve the quality of the mandatory motorcycle training that riders must complete, by working with the Motorcycle Industry Association to increase the number of accredited training providers in London, as well as exploring how changes can be made to the way motorcyclists are licensed and the penalty offence system

Additional training

There are number of training courses offered by other organisations available to suit different abilities. Each is designed to make you a better and safer rider.

Institute of Advanced Motorists
IAM offers a number of courses, including Skill for Life for advanced riding, which is quality-assured by the DVSA.

RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle Training
Theory and practical instruction for responsible riding, which leads to RoSPA's nationally recognised Advanced Riding Test.

DVSA Enhanced Rider Scheme
A scheme to check your motorcycle riding skills and provide training to help you improve.

Biker Down!
A scene management and immediate aid training course for riders, should they come across a motorcycle collision. Includes advice on maximising your visibility to other road users. The course is delivered by operational fire and ambulance responders to the public at fire stations across London.

Bus lanes

As a motorcyclist you can use:

  • All bus lanes on the Transport for London Road Network (also known as red routes)
  • Some bus lanes on other roads.

Be aware that each London borough has its own rules about using bus lanes, so check the sign at the start of each bus lane.

Information and maps for using motorcycles in London's bus lanes

Personal protective equipment

Helmets are required by law and must be worn at all times when riding a motorcycle. The SHARP rating system will help you to choose a helmet that fits correctly and which offers the best possible protection. More information can be found on the SHARP website.

Although helmets are the only protective equipment required by law, it is strongly recommended that you wear other appropriate protective clothing when riding, such as sturdy trousers, jackets, gloves and boots.

For more information and to download the essential guide to protective gear for bikers, visit Gov.uk's page on Motorcycle helmet law.

Licensing

In order to ride a motorcycle or scooter of any type, you must first obtain a provisional licence and complete a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) course. There are then several licence categories covering different types of motorcycle and the age of the rider.

Find out more about motorcycle licence requirements.

Law

Certain legal requirements must be obeyed when riding a motorcycle.