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Compulsory basic training (CBT) for new riders will resume on 29 March, ahead of motorcycle testing, which begins again on 12 April. 

It was originally anticipated that CBT access, crucial for dealer sales of entry-level machines, would return at the same time as car training on 12 April. However, after strong lobbying by the MCIA, ministers have listened and acted accordingly. Theory tests are also due to restart in England on 12 April.

As the MCIA noted in a press release, the government wasn’t willing to offer a temporary extension of expiring CBT certificates. And therefore this earlier date will be very much appreciated by novice commuters, delivery riders and key workers, reliant on small motorcycles and scooters, who have been facing expiry issues.