Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) was introduced in December 1990 as part of an effort to improve the road safety of motorcyclists. This report presents the findings of an operational evaluation based on postal surveys of CBT instructors and trainees (in 1991) and a large sample of provisional motorcycle licence applicants (in 1992 and 1993). Opinions of CBT were generally very positive although many younger riders considered it expensive. Many of the initial concerns did not arise, but very few trainees rated the publicity as good. Some riders claimed never to have heard of CBT, even in 1993, and a substantial level of illegal riding (i.e. riding without having taken CBT despite obtaining a provisional licence after its introduction) was identified. About 80 per cent of those riding illegally claimed either not to have heard of CBT or not to have understood the need to take it before riding on the road, but 20 per cent simply chose to ride illegally. (A)

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