Garden Waste Collections Suspended – But So Are MOT’s – and Off-Licenses Now Allowed To Open

Every day it seems we wake up to something else that has been taken away from us. Today its the garden waste collection. Unfortunately East Suffolk has decided to suspend the collection of garden waste after Friday 27th in order to concentrate on collecting household waste.

However – on a lighter note – MOT’s have all been given a six month extension

And the government have decided that alcohol is a necessity – and so have put off- licenses on the ‘allowed to open list’.

Garden Waste

In the interests of crew safety and to ensure that household waste and recycling collections are prioritised, East Suffolk Council and East Suffolk Norse have taken the decision to temporarily suspend the collection of garden waste.

The final round of garden waste collections will take place tomorrow, Friday 27 March.
These changes will ensure that all vehicles and crews are being used to collect household waste and recycling during the current restrictions and they will continue to be emptied on established collection days.

When garden waste collections recommence, subscriptions will be ‘rolled forward’, which means that a new annual payment will only be required once each subscriber has received their full quota of 12 monthly collections.

There are no current plans to stop the collection of recyclables however the Council will continue to monitor the situation. Additionally, they urge  people to give some thought to what they purchase and the build-up of household waste.

MOT’s

You do not need to do anything to extend your vehicle’s MOT expiry date if it’s on or after 30 March 2020. However, you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.

Your vehicle will be automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption. This will extend your current MOT expiry date by 6 months.

Example: Your vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on 3 April 2020. This will automatically be extended to 3 October 2020.

You will need to get your MOT by this date.

You can check your MOT history  here https://www.gov.uk/check-mot-history to see when you have been issued an exemption. It will not be updated straight away, so keep checking back if your new due date MOT is not yet showing.

You will not get a paper exemption certificate.

If your vehicle tax is due, you can tax your vehicle as soon as your MOT due date has been updated.

If your vehicle’s first MOT is due

Your vehicle will be automatically given a 6-month MOT exemption from the date its first MOT was due.

If your first MOT was due before 30 March 2020 and your vehicle did not pass

Your vehicle will not get an extension to its MOT due date.

Your vehicle will need to pass an MOT before you can drive it again.

The government is allowing MOT centres and garages to remain open. So you can still get an MOT if you need your vehicle:

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