Frequently Asked Questions2019-05-28T08:29:40+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of clothing do I need?2019-05-20T15:32:48+00:00

We appreciate that the costs encountered when learning to ride a motorbike is expensive. However you must wear appropriate clothing to ensure you are properly protected.

Please note that if you attend any training and are not appropriately dressed you will NOT be able to continue.

You will need:

  • Gloves – Motorcycle gloves are designed to be hard wearing and protect vulnerable parts of your hands.
  • Jacket –  Should be worn at all times when riding. A motorcycle jacket will offer the best protection.
  • Trousers – denim jeans are acceptable and should be thick material with no tears. Tight fitting/torn jeans are going to offer little or no protection.
  • Footwear – you must have ankle protection, we recommend motorcycle boots or another sturdy type of boot.

The following are guidelines for clothing that is NOT acceptable:

  •  Training shoes, canvas basketball trainers/boat shoes.
  • Any form of clothing with areas of exposed skin i.e. skirts or shorts.
  • Tight fitting jeans/leggings/jeggings etc.
  • A shell suit or lightweight tracksuit.
  • Ripped jeans/trousers.
  • Lightweight fleece or hoody.
  • No gloves or ski gloves.
What kind of motorcycle helmet do I need?2019-05-20T15:32:55+00:00

There’s much more to buying a helmet than choosing the colour or style that you like! Firstly the helmet must meet UNECE Regulation 22.05 standards. We strongly recommend that you never purchase a second hand helmet or order from a website. You must try on a few helmets from different manufacturers to find what fits you best.

The UK Government launched the SHARP Helmet Safety Scheme website where you can see the safety ratings for helmets as well as great advice.

Will I need to book my theory test before CBT?2019-05-20T15:33:10+00:00

It is a good idea to take the motorcycle theory test before your CBT but at the moment it is not compulsory. Later in the year the law will be changing so that the theory test will have to be passed with DVS before you can take your CBT course.

How do I book a CBT?2019-05-20T15:33:19+00:00

You can book via our website or at  Hard copy forms are available from your Parish Halls, all Motorcycle Dealers or the Driver and Vehicle Standards (DVS) at La Collette.

Hard copy forms must be posted to the address provided with the required fee. Your training date and information pack will be sent to you a few days later.

What time does the CBT start and how long does it take?2019-05-20T15:14:02+00:00

The course will last approximately 7 hours and start at either 8.00am; 8.30am; 10.30am or 11.00am (you must arrive at least 20 minutes before the start fo your course to all for registration and bikes to be checked).

What if I am unable to attend?2024-01-08T17:33:54+00:00

Our fees are non-refundable unless a valid doctor’s certificate is produced. If you arrive late, do not turn up for your course, fail the eyesight test or due to a faulty or unroadworthy machine cannot start the course, then a further fee of £153.00 will be charged before a new course date is issued.

You have the opportunity to advise us of your availability when you complete the application process however, if you wish to change your date you must advise us no later than the Tuesday before the weekend of your date. A small administration charge of £5.00 will be charged.

English is not my first language. Can I still do CBT?2019-05-27T15:32:01+00:00

We do not have any foreign language instructors at the Jersey School of Motorcycling. It is therefore important that you have a reasonable standard of English and are able to understand what the Instructors are teaching you to be able to complete the course.

I took my CBT in UK / Guernsey. Is it still valid?2019-05-20T14:49:15+00:00

No. If you are riding with a UK, or Guernsey CBT certificate you are riding illegally.

Does it matter if I have never ridden a motorcycle?2020-02-12T12:03:18+00:00

The course is specifically designed for novice riders to provide them with the machine handling, road awareness and safety procedures necessary for safe riding. You don’t have to have had any previous experience. It may take further modules of training to obtain your CBT certificate at additional cost.

Where is the CBT course held?2019-05-20T14:41:26+00:00

Address for your CBT course:

Gate 3
Bellozane Valley
St Helier

Note:  please arrive no later than 20 minutes before your course start time.

How much do your courses cost?2024-01-08T17:35:48+00:00
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Compulsory Basic Training £153.00
Pre-test Lesson – Light Motorcycle £50.00
Pre-test Lesson – Heavy Motorcycle £75.00
Private Lesson £50.00 per hour
Advanced Lesson £50.00 per hour
What do private lessons involve?2019-05-20T15:21:21+00:00

If you are planning to take your driving test in the near future or if you have not ridden for a few years, then perhaps a refresher course with one of our instructors is the way forward.

Private lessons are sessions suited to your needs and is charged by the hour.  You can combine private lessons with other training programmes. For example if you have not ridden for a few years and have just applied for a new, provisional licence, then a 1 hour refresher course (off road) may be all you need.

Alternatively, if you are about to take your motorbike test then a 1 or 2 hour private refresher course might help you to iron out any problems and revise good practice biking skills you need to pass safely.

What does the CBT course involve?2019-05-20T15:20:50+00:00

The course is designed for novice riders or those who have never ridden a motorcycle or scooter before and is done over two sessions.

After a brief discussion about the legal requirements before you can ride a bike and the various types of clothing a rider should consider wearing, the trainee is then introduced to the machine and its controls.

When the trainee has mastered moving off safely, he or she will then go though a variety of drills which provide the basis for understanding the System of Motorcycle Control.

The second session starts with a further discussion about recognising the risks involved and how to limit them and also the Highway Code. This is followed by a Road Ride, which lasts a minimum of 90 minutes, during which time the trainee will get experience of as many different road formats and junctions as is practicable. The instructor will be in radio contact giving advice and assessing the trainee’s abilities.

If my CBT certificate expires, do I have to re-take the test?2022-03-01T05:53:01+00:00

Currently Jersey CBT certificates last indefinitely. You should keep this safe as DVS only keep records for a few years and if you have lost your CBT certificate DVS may no longer have a record. If you then wish to ride a larger capacity machine you may have to retake your CBT.

How long is it valid?2022-03-01T05:55:10+00:00

Currently its valid indefinitely, however, DVS only keep records for a few years so if you lose your certificate and wish to upgrade your licence to a larger category you may have to retake your CBT. The Courts of Jersey can order disqualified riders to retake their CBT.

Who must do Compulsory Basic Training (CBT)?2019-05-20T14:45:46+00:00

All learner riders with a licence since 1st September 1997, who wish to ride a moped or light motorcycle must complete the Compulsory Basic Training course (CBT). Also, if you have been disqualified from riding a heavy motorcycle, you must take a CBT course if you want to renew your licence.

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