Monday, July 22, 2024


The Motorcycle Industry Association is seeking parliamentary help to keep learner riders on the road during the current UK Covid lockdown, and calling for participation from the trade. 

Lockdown restrictions mean that approved training bodies (ATBs) are prohibited from offering motorcycle training, resulting in riders being unable to renew their expiring CBT certificates. Consequently those affected, including key workers, cannot use their powered two-wheelers — affecting their ability to commute or carry out their jobs.

To hopefully focus government attention on this issue, independent MP Jonathan Edwards has tabled an “early day motion” in parliament in support of the extension of CBT certificates.

“Early day motions” are used to put on record the views of individual MPs or to draw attention to specific events or campaigns. And by attracting the signatures of other MPs, they can be used to demonstrate the level of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view. In Edwards’ case, his motion says:

“That this House notes that compulsory basic training (CBT) certificates for motorbikes and mopeds are issued on a two-year basis for learner drivers; further notes that these vehicles provide a low carbon mode of transport for passenger and cargo; notes that many key workers use this mode of transport as part of their commute, especially in rural areas where public transport links can be poor; notes that as a result of lockdown measures, motorcycle and moped tests are suspended; expresses concern that road users whose CBT certificates lapse whilst lockdown measures are in place are prohibited from using their vehicles on public roads through no fault of their own; notes that whilst road safety concerns are paramount, motorists in this position have been using their chosen mode of transport for two years; calls for a temporary extension of CBT certificates whilst lockdown measures are in place; and further calls on the government to annul test fees for people with CBT certificates which have lapsed during the current lockdown if they will not extend their validity.”

To generate parliamentary support for this initiative, the MCIA would like as many people as possible to write to their MPs, asking them to sign EDM 1462. For sample letters and how to identify your local MP, see the links below:

Link to example letter:

Link to business example letter:

Link to your MPs

This MCIA initiative has also attracted support from the Motorcycle Action Group, which is urging its members to write to their local MPs as well.


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