The interactive website that partners The Car and Motorcycle Theory Test book

Before You Go Out on the Road

Once you have received your provisional licence and it has come into effect you need to check all of the following before you begin riding;

  • you must complete a Compulsory Basic Training course (CBT). See CBT section for further details
  • Your eyesight must meet the minimum legal requirements, in other words you must be able to read either
    • an old-style number plate from a distance of 20.5 metres (67 feet approximately). Old-style number plates have letters that are 79.4mm high and 57mm wide.
    • or a new-style number plate from a distance of 20 metres (66 feet approximately). New-style number plates have letters that are 79.4mm high and 50mm wide
  • If you need glasses or contact lenses to meet the eyesight requirements you must wear them whenever you ride.
  • You must ensure that the motorcycle you are about to ride meets all of the following requirements
    • You, as the learner, must be covered by third party insurance (as a minimum) for the specific bike you will be riding
    • The bike must have and display a valid road fund licence (road tax)
    • If the bike is 3 years or older it must have a valid MOT certificate
    • It must be in a safe and roadworthy condition
    • The bike must be fitted with L plates (D plates in Wales) to both the front and rear

Anyone who does not comply with these requirements could be liable to a maximum fine of £1,000, discretionary disqualification or 3-6 penalty points.