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Below is the full CBT course syllabus as set out by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA)

Element A – Introduction

1. Trainee must be told and must understand:

  • The aims of the approved training course
  • The importance of the right equipment and clothing

2. Trainees eyesight must be tested. Trainees must be able to read in good daylight a vehicle registration mark containing letters and figures 79.4mm high at a distance of 66 feet (20 metres) (with the aid of glasses or contact lenses if worn).

Element B – Practical On Site Training

Trainees must receive practical on site training at the conclusion of which they must fulfil the following requirements, that is to say they must:

  • Be familiar with the motorcycle, its controls and how it works
  • Be able to carry out basic machine checks to a satisfactory standard and be able to take the bike on and off the stand satisfactorily.

Element C – Practical On Site Riding

Trainees must undertake practical on site riding at the conclusion of which they must be able to:

  • Ride the machine under control in a straight line and bring the machine to a controlled halt
  • Ride the machine round a figure of eight circuit under control
  • Ride the machine slowly under control
  • Carry out a U-turn manoeuvre satisfactorily
  • Bring the machine to a stop under full control as in an emergency
  • Carry out controlled braking using both brakes
  • Change gear satisfactorily
  • Carry out rear observation correctly
  • Carry out simulated left and right hand turns correctly using the Observation-Signal-Maneuevre (OSM) and Position Speed-Look (PSL) routines

Element D – Practical On Road Training

1. Before undertaking practical on road riding, trainees must be instructed in the matters set out in paragraph 2 and 3 below and achieve the objectives mentioned therein

2. Trainees must understand the following:

  • The need to be clearly visible to other road users (the use of conspicuity aids)
  • The importance of knowing the legal requirements for riding on the road
  • Why motorcyclists are more vulnerable than most road users
  • The need to ride at the correct speed according to road and traffic conditions
  • The importance of knowing the Highway Code
  • The need to ride defensively and anticipate the actions of other road users
  • The need to use rear observation at appropriate times
  • The need to assume the correct road position when riding
  • The need to leave sufficient space when following another vehicle
  • The need to pay due regards to the effects of varying weather conditions when riding

3. Trainees need be aware of

  • The effect on a vehicle of the various types of road surface that can be encountered
  • The dangers of drug and alcohol abuse
  • The consequences of aggressive attitudes when riding
  • The importance of hazard perception

Element E – Practical On Road Riding

1. Trainees must undertake on road riding and must encounter all the following traffic situations and demonstrate their ability to handle each one competently and safely

  • Roundabouts
  • Junctions
  • Pedestrian Crossings
  • Traffic Lights
  • Gradients
  • Bends
  • Obstructions

2. Trainees must also repeat the following exercises in normal road conditions:

  • Carry out a U-turn manoeuvre satisfactorily
  • Bring the machine to a stop under full control as in an emergency

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