The motorcycling safety group RideSafe BackSafe has expressed concern about the number of learner riders riding illegally, having failed to renew their CBT (Compulsory Basic Training) certificate.
A CBT certificate is valid for two years at which point a moped or motorcycle rider is required to retake their CBT course – unless they have passed both parts of the test to acquire their full motorcycling licence, or moved on to driving a car.
Rob Winn, road safety adviser and RideSafe BackSafe team member, said: “If you do nothing, your CBT expires after two years and by continuing to ride on public highways you are committing a road traffic offence.
“What makes this all the more alarming is the fact that your CBT is a basic ‘entry level’ introduction to riding on the roads, and really should be seen as a short-term stepping stone to other training and safer travel.”
RideSafe BackSafe points to recent statistics showing that the number of people riding mopeds and motorcycles has increased dramatically and the motorcycle population as a whole now travels in excess of five billion kilometres per year.
Rob Winn added: “With the cost of fuel and insurance going up dramatically, many people are living on a tighter budget and this may cause some learner riders to simply not bother renewing or ‘moving on’ from a CBT certificate, some may even just forget. RideSafe BackSafe is keen to highlight the fact that no reminder is issued when the two year time limit has expired.”