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DVLA changes could affect motorbike and scooter riders relying on CBT

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Get six points on your licence and you could be stopped from riding until you retake CBT

If you’re a new driver and you get six points on your licence within your first two years of driving, the current rules are that you will lose your licence and have to retake the driving test to obtain a new one.

You can have a provisional licence, and drive with L-plates under supervision, until the test is passed again.

 But for many motorbike or scooter riders things are different as many people who ride a motorbike or scooter never actually take a motorcycle test and hence never obtain a full licence.

Instead, if you are aged over 17 you are entitled to ride a motorcycle (up to 125cc) for up to two years on L plates after taking Compulsory Basic Training (CBT).  

If you do not go on to pass a full motorcycle driving test within two years of taking the CBT, you can simply do the CBT course again.

Since the cost is far less than full motorcycle training, and as it’s quicker and easier to pass than a full driving test, it’s a popular option to simply retake the CBT course every two years, at least for riders of machines of no more than 125cc.

Currently, if you are riding on CBT only and you get six penalty points on your provisional licence, you can still carry on riding.

But the DVLA is proposing to change the rules so that you would instead have to redo your CBT, as your existing certificate would be cancelled. 

In addition, the DVLA is proposing to add a theory test to the CBT and make other changes to the training,

 The proposals are up for consultation until 17 February 2017. You can read more about them, and have your say at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/improving-moped-and-motorcycle-training