Helping L Drivers

Helping Learner Riders

Bike instructor

Motorcycling is a popular form of travel, with many people riding to get to and from work, as part of their job or for leisure. Unfortunately, motorcyclists face a considerable amount of risk on the roads.

This risk can be reduced if learners gain as much training and supervised riding experience as possible while they are learning, including both professional lessons with a motorcycle instructor and accompanied rides with experienced riders.

A young person cannot ride on the road until they have completed their Compulsory Basic Training (CBT). They can then ride on the road while displaying L plates.

To gain a full motorcycle licence new riders must then pass the motorcycle theory test and the two-part practical motorcycle test.

Riders can continue to develop their riding through a range of post-test assessment and training options.

This website will help you to:

During the learning period

  • Ensure the learner meets all the legal requirements for learning to ride
  • Ensure you can safely supervise them during private practice
  • Encourage the learner to get as many motorcycling lessons and as much supervised practice as possible
  • Keep in touch with your young rider's instructor and co-ordinate what happens in private practice with what happens in the professional lessons
  • Use the advice in the Private Practice section to get the most benefit from practice rides
  • Encourage your young rider to take further training after the test

If you are a motorcyclist, set a good example in the way you ride.