February 9th, 2021.

The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) reports that, thanks to lockdown restrictions, Approved Training Bodies (ATBs) are prohibited from offering motorcycle training, resulting in riders being unable to renew their expiring Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) certificates.

This restriction could mean that key workers would be unable to use their Powered-Two-Wheelers (PTWs) to help them with their daily commute. There does, however, seem to be some parliamentary support to extend the two-year lifetime of CBT riders who may risk seeing their CBT certificate lapse, whilst lockdown measures are in place.

“The MCIA is pleased that Independent MP, Jonathan Edwards, has tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament, which asks; ‘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.

“Early Day Motions are used to put on record the views of individual MPs or to draw attention to specific events or campaigns, but 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. To generate parliamentary support for this initiative, the MCIA is asking members of the industry to write to their Member of Parliament, asking them to support EDM 1462.”

More information and a sample letter can be found HERE.

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