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27/01/2021

The Motorcycle Action Group has written to parliamentary under secretary of state Rachel Maclean MP, arguing that continued refusal to extend Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) certificates is discriminatory.

MAG claims that removing a legitimate use of motorcycles by not extending expiring CBTs is unfair. Motorcyclists are the only road user group facing this restriction for legitimate travel during the lockdown.

In the letter, MAG states: “For many, including delivery riders and those who access schemes such as Wheels to Work, this is their only viable transport choice for making essential trips, working as a key worker in health or social care, or as a delivery rider delivering items ordered online by those obeying the government guidance to avoid non-essential travel.”

MAG is not asking for a permanent change to the two-year renewal regulation.  The call is for a temporary intervention of similar style to the first lockdown’s extension of MOTs.

“We have no data on the numbers of riders being impacted,” explained MAG director of campaigns and political engagement Colin Brown. “But we are receiving many calls from members asking that something be done. On average, around 6000 CBTs will expire each month. Many of those riders will have passed their test or stopped riding. Some will, however, choose to continue riding without taking a full test, and this is a legitimate choice.” 

Brown added: “It would be easy to say that the problem affects very few riders, but it’s not fair to discriminate against those few. We do not accept that this would be hard to administer. If there is a will to avoid this unnecessary discrimination, the government must find a way to do it.”