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Can you carry a pillion passenger on a CBT license?

Jas Murphy November 26, 2020

We’re often asked the question “Can you carry a pillion passenger on a CBT license?”. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t a straightforward yes or no because it can depend on several factors. The good news is that we’re on hand to help, so here’s the lowdown on pillion passengers…

What is a pillion passenger?

A pillion passenger is simply a passenger that sits behind the rider of a bike or scooter. You must not carry more than one pillion passenger who must sit astride the bike on a proper seat. They should face forward with both feet on the footrests. You must not carry a pillion passenger unless your motorcycle is designed to do so.

On all journeys, the rider and pillion passenger on a motorcycle, scooter or moped must wear a protective helmet.

Can I carry a pillion on CBT?

Once your CBT has been completed, you’ll receive a certificate (DL196) to prove you have successfully completed the motorcycle training course. However, in most cases, if you wish to carry pillion passengers (and ride without L plates / ride on the motorway) you’ll need to obtain a full license, which includes passing a theory and practical test.

The only way it can be possible, is if you have a car licence and a CBT certificate (or just a car licence provided it was acquired before 1 February 2001). Then you automatically have a ‘full’ moped licence, meaning you can ride a moped with no L-plate, and you can carry a pillion passenger. If you don’t have a car licence (just your provisional and a CBT) you cannot carry pillion passengers – unless you’ve done the AM moped license and passed your moped theory and practical tests.

So, when people ask us ‘can you carry a pillion passenger on a CBT?’ we must ask several questions before we can provide accurate advice!

Can I carry a passenger on a 50cc moped?

Assuming you haven’t got a car licence, you would need an AM Moped License with your theory and practical tests passed (as mentioned above).

To do this, you must be at least 16 years-old and have completed your CBT first. You must pass the Motorcycle Theory Test and undertake training and a Practical Test on a machine up to 50cc. Only then can you carry a pillion passenger on a CBT.

What happens if you get caught with a passenger on a CBT?

It is illegal to carry a pillion passenger with just a CBT certificate (see above). If you do so, you could be fined, and points added to your licence

For more information, simply get in touch.

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