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Driver Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) HQ

The Driver Vehicle Standards Agency is an executive agency of the Department for Transport (DfT) and is part of the Driver, Vehicle and Operator (DVO) group.

DVSA’s aim is to promote road safety through improving driving standards by: testing drivers, motorcyclists and driving instructors fairly and efficiently through the theory test and practical driving test, maintaining the registers of approved driving instructors (ADIs) and Large Goods Vehicle Instructors, supervising training for learner motorcyclists.

They are a national organisation and have headquarters in Nottingham, an impressive training and publications centre in Bedfordshire, administrative centres in London, Newcastle, Cardiff, Birmingham and Edinburgh and over 400 practical driving test centers across Great Britain.

Contact Details

Address: Stanley House, 56 Talbot Street, Nottingham, NG1 5GU

Tel. 0115 901 2500

Use the above site address to book your MOTORCYCLE theory test

Choosing a certified motorcycle instructor

All learner motorcycle and learner moped riders must complete a compulsory basic training (CBT) course before riding on the road.

Only instructors certified by the Driver Vehicle Standards Agency can teach CBT at an approved training body (ATB). ATBs must have instructors who have successfully completed a two day assessment and have sites approved by DVSA for off-road training.

CBT syllabus guidence for DVSA registered Approved Training Body ATB

The syllabus of the CBT course and the order in which the 5 elements must be delivered is specified in regulations. The order in which the headings or exercises within each element is covered may be varied. However, each element must be completed in full before the next commences.

All aspects of the CBT syllabus must be satisfactorily completed before a CBT DL196 certificate can be issued, irrespective of whether or not a course has been completed previously.

The CBT syllabus and guidance notes build on the existing 5 elements of approved training. It has been designed to make it easier to understand what is required in each element. It has 3 sections:


        what must happen


        what the learner must know and understand


        what the learner should be able to do (to show that they have reached the required standard)

Trainee: instructor ratios

An ATB must comply with the appropriate trainee to instructor ratio for each element, this is to ensure that trainees receive the appropriate level of training.

Elements A and D

There is no prescribed ratio for elements A and D but an ATB should ensure that only a reasonable number of trainees are involved during these sessions.

DVSA will record the following as unsatisfactory instruction:


        the number of trainees present is adversely affecting their ability to participate and learn


        the instructor cannot establish if learning has taken place with each individual trainee

Elements B and C

A maximum of 4 trainees to 1 instructor must be observed. If more than 4 trainees are involved they should be separated into groups that meet the permitted ratios. For example, 8 trainees - 2 sets of 4 trainees with a separate instructor responsible for each group. It is not acceptable for training to be conducted by combining 2 groups into 1, eg 8 trainees to 2 instructors.

If a site is authorised for a maximum of 2 trainees, then only 2 trainees should be undergoing training at any one time. It is not acceptable to allow trainees to watch from within the approved site boundaries or to periodically rotate 4 trainees during the same training session.

Element E

A maximum of 2 trainees to 1 instructor must be observed for this element and all trainees must receive a minimum of 2 hours practical on-road training. Again, the training should be conducted in separate, distinct groups. It is not acceptable for 2 instructors to accompany 4 trainees as an overall group of 6. The instructor must be able to communicate with each trainee by means of a radio which is not hand held. Trainees who are profoundly deaf are exempt from this requirement.

Direct access Elements B and C

The ratio for these elements of CBT direct access trainees is 2 trainees to 1 instructor where 1 or more trainee is using a bike larger than 125cc.

Other training issues

Instructors have a duty of care to their trainees and should keep them in visual contact at all times.

Instructors and trainees must wear appropriate fluorescent or reflective safety apparel, showing the identity of the ATB, throughout the duration of the CBT course.

Under no circumstances should CBT candidates be mixed with other motorcycle trainees during on or off road elements - they cannot be ‘tagged on’ to other courses. It is not acceptable practice for instructors to carry a third trainee as a pillion passenger to keep within the 2 trainees to 1 instructor ratio.

The certificate of completion (DL196) is valid for both mopeds and motorcycles. DVSA encourages instructors to explain and, if possible, demonstrate gear changing during element C for riders of automatics.

Instruction can only be given to trainees when the instructor is present with them on the road while riding another motorcycle; car to bike instruction should not be provided.


Lack of clarity about the service provided is one of the more common complaints about CBT courses which DVSA receives. DVSA recommends that before any payment is taken ATBs should provide the ATB’s terms and conditions and pricing policy (including vehicle hire). This will make clear to trainees exactly what they will get for their money.

Certificates of completion (DL196s)

At the end of a successful CBT course the trainee must be issued with a certificate of completion (DL196). It is this document which validates the provisional entitlement on the licence, allowing the trainee to ride on-road under normal learner conditions.

Improving Road Safety through the Multi Purpose Test Centre

Delivery of the new motorcycle test

Multi Purpose Test Centres (MPTCs) are key to road safety, providing a safe environment in which to carry out the new and more demanding motorcycle exercises.
The primary benefit of these centres is one of road safety as these centres allow the exercises to be taken away from the public road.  They also allow certain car test exercises such as reverse parking to take place on-site and off-road. 

The centres provide modern and bespoke facilities to local people and have been designed to create modern and attractive buildings which fit comfortably into the local environment. As the motorcycle test is all about demonstrating control and safe handling of motorcycles, the Agency does not anticipate or allow noisy revving and racing.

MPTC near to the Borders

Edinburgh (Musselburgh) MPTC

Driving Test Centre

Newhailes Industrial Estate
Newhailes Road
East Lothian
EH21 6SL

Kirkcaldy MPTC

Driving Test Centre

10 Randolph Place


Driving Test Centre

Hill Crest Avenue

Motorcycles you can ride


To find out what has changed, click on the links below, if you are not sure how it will affect you, give Tom a call.

New driving licence rules for mopeds, motorcycles and tricycles

New rules for mopeds and motorcycles used for riding tests


Give us a call 0n 01896 822452 for our free CD with full price information, or to arrange your course.


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