Preseli MP Stephen Crabb is calling on the First Minister to allow CBT testing to restart, when the lockdown restrictions are reviewed today (Feb 19).
The CBT (compulsory basic training) for learner motorcyclists allows riders to safely ride on their own with L-plates. CBT certificates are valid for two-years before riders are expected to pass their full test or renew their CBT.
While the CBT test is administered by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), it’s the Welsh Government’s lockdown restrictions which have prohibited CBT’s being carried out in Wales.
In rural economies such as Pembrokeshire, the ability to get to work independently is a point that Mr Crabb hopes the First Minister will take into account when the Welsh restrictions are reviewed.
Having written a letter to the First Minister, Stephen Crabb said: “A number of concerned constituents and businesses have been in touch about not being able to renew or extend their CBTs. This goes to show their importance in allowing people to travel to and from work,
“As these tests have been postponed due to the Welsh lockdown restrictions, they are hurting rural economies where people are more reliant on personal transport including mopeds and motorbikes.
“Today’s restriction review is an opportunity for the First Minister to allow these test to restart, ensuring people aren’t left stranded and unable to get to work.”