You must have a Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) certificate (DL196) if you want to ride a 50cc or 125cc bike on the road.
The CBT is a mandatory course of instruction designed to ensure your safety and also the safety of your fellow road users. The CBT is not a test and there is no time limit on the course but your instructor must feel that you can perform the manoeuvres and ride to a safe standard before he will issue you with a certificate.
The CBT consists of practical instruction that initially takes place in a safe, off road area. Once a level of competence is reached the instructor will equip you with a radio and you will go on a road ride. This is designed to take in different types of road (in town, fast roads and country roads) and all you need to do is ride around this safely. Your instructor will then issue you a CBT certificate and you can then ride your bike on the road under L-plates. Our courses generally start at 09:00 at the CBT centre and we aim to finish by mid to late afternoon.
The only exception to the CBT rule is if you obtained a full car licence before 1 February 2001 and want to ride a moped only. The car licence is also a full moped licence and a CBT is not required.