Better, faster, more efficient: It is not just the state that is innovating - large corporations are also betting on progress.
Consumers have a few things to consider in March, but they can also be happy.
Munich - Meteorologically, spring 2021 begins on March 1st.
At the moment, many are enjoying the awakening of spring weather-wise: Snow-free roads and mild temperatures are now luring the first two-wheelers onto the streets, although some of them will have to comply with new regulations from now on: vehicles such as
mopeds, mopeds or electric scooters will be
from March 1st
namely on the way uninsured if you do not buy a new license plate.
From this point on, only the
new blue insurance
numbers are permitted - otherwise you will be liable to prosecution with the old black one.
There is another innovation: in the future, the license plates can also be attached as foil, because aluminum and sheet metal plates are no longer mandatory here.
When spring begins, many hobby gardeners are known to have their fingers itchy.
However, you should definitely leave these off the hedge trimmer.
As every year,
from March 1st,
for reasons of nature conservation, the
pruning your hedge too much - until September 30th, they can only be trimmed and shaped.
If you still want to start gardening, you should be able to
look forward to
opening of the nurseries
, garden markets and flower shops
- according to Prime Minister Markus Söder, this is planned for at least next month in Bavaria.
Video: Plant nursery openings planned in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg
The Corona * lockdown * in Germany is still valid until March 7th
The Corona * lockdown * in Germany is still valid until March 7th
, although it is quite conceivable that Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country leaders will extend it again.
a few things should change
as of March
: While schools in many federal states have already started alternating classes,
be allowed to reopen under strict hygiene rules *
from this date
Corona: Lockdown easing in prospect from March 1st - application for help possible until March 31st
, German employees still have the option of having a doctor put on sick leave for up to seven calendar days by telephone if they have mild respiratory illnesses or flu symptoms.
Due to the high number of corona infections * and the cold and flu season known for the winter months, the Federal Joint Committee
special regulation of telephone sick leave
on December 3
However, the corona pandemic ultimately affects not only the healthcare system, but also the economy in all its areas thanks to the lockdown measures.
As early as the spring of 2020, various tax aids were decided as an immediate measure, and because the crisis continues, these are now being extended: Companies that are economically severely affected by the corona pandemic can
submit an application to the tax office until March 31, 2021 Set tax deferral
The eased deferrals then run - usually interest-free - until June 30 of this year.
Follow-up deferrals should be possible in a simplified process in connection with an installment payment that lasts up to December 31, 2021 at the latest.
All classic deferrals without installment payment agreements that go beyond June 30, 2021 are possible as usual.
Entrepreneurs can also submit applications for adjustments to the advance payments for income and corporation tax by December 31.
March 2021: Energy labels for electrical devices should give consumers a better overview
From March 1st, Germany will also be breaking new ground in terms of household appliances and energy efficiency: washing machines, refrigerators and freezers, dishwashers or even televisions - the well-known energy efficiency classes A +, A ++ and A +++ - will no longer exist.
In future, the seals for electronic household appliances will range from A to G, which means that consumers should now more easily see how energy-efficient their appliances really are.
“very energy efficient”
, while G means less environmentally friendly devices.
The well-known energy efficiency classes will be a thing of the past from March 2021 - the system will be significantly stricter.
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The calculation has been tightened, and now it not only includes more power consumption, but also ease of repair and the rapid availability of spare parts.
As reported by the Federal Association of Consumer Organizations, devices that were previously labeled with the A +++ label will now only be class B or C.
The best class should remain completely vacant for the time being in order to provide the manufacturers with an incentive for new development technologies.
Expansion of the matrix code in March: Deutsche Post is pushing further into the digital age
is also converting to innovative development technologies
: it has been possible to digitally track letters with the 80-cent stamp here since February 4, 2021 * - provided there is a so-called
matrix code * on
In March, the digital novelty is to be rolled out to include additional motifs and shipping amounts.
According to Deutsche Post, the new brands, which will all have the matrix code by 2022 at the latest, should make "basic shipment tracking" possible.
As with a parcel, customers should then be able to use the “Post & DHL” app to see when their letter or postcard was processed and sent.
Nevertheless: The registered mail should not be replaced by this - only with this one will still know whether and when the recipient actually received the shipment.
Deutsche Post introduces the new generation of stamps: On February 4, the first stamp with a so-called matrix code appeared next to the actual stamp motif.
This enables shipment tracking and increases security against forgery.
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Gastronomy and trade: “Tamper-proof” POS systems and Google fines
restaurateurs, hairdressers, bakers, butchers
are now to modernize
: As “cash-intensive businesses”, they have
upgrade or upgrade
their electronic cash register systems with a module called
“Technical Security Equipment” (TSE)
by March 31, 2021
by March 31, 2021
Actually, the deadline for the changeover to this “complete and tamper-proof” cash register system would have expired on January 1, 2021 - due to the Corona crisis, however, it was extended by three months in every federal state.
Google wants to implement a “mobile only” strategy - and penalize certain websites
And one more change could affect numerous small and medium-sized companies as of
March 31, 2021
: As an Internet company and search engine,
its search criteria.
Google is pursuing a
"mobile only" strategy
that could kill many websites.
If websites are not designed for mobile devices, they will either hardly be displayed to users in the search results or not at all from the end of March.
Pictures, videos, addresses and opening times - none of this will then be displayed either.
The US Internet giant is punishing those whose websites are out of date and were originally designed purely for the desktop PC.
For many German companies, however, this type of Internet presence has so far been sufficient, as potential customers could at least find and contact them.
Internet experts are already warning that about every second craft business in Germany could be affected by the drastic restructuring.
While many pages will be hard to find, Google will even remove some from the results list entirely.
You can find out whether you might be affected by the planned penalties yourself by the deadline using the
“Mobile-Friendly Test” from Google
- but then you won't have much time to get your website ready for smartphones and tablets.
2021: Families can still contribute Baukindergeld until the end of March
The countdown has started for construction and willing to buy families yet
want to back up:
Until March 31, 2021
must have you signed the deed for his property or get his building permit.
Here, too, the federal government has extended the period by three months.
Families still have some time for the application itself, which must be submitted no later than six months after moving in, whereby the official confirmation of registration is decisive.
Deadline for applying for grants is 31 December 2023 it says on
Anyone who has at least one child under the age of 18 who moves into the new property is entitled to Baukindergeld: per child you can receive up to 12,000 euros from government funding over a period of ten years.
Video: Change to daylight saving time - and the marmot greets you again
As every year, you can set the clock in March afterwards:
The time change from winter to summer time will take place on March 28th in 2021.
The night is then much shorter, as the clock is set from 2 to 3 o'clock.
The action needs a bit of getting used to each time, because the changeover means it stays dark longer in the morning, but light longer in the evening. Even if the weather in March often does not show all signs of spring, it starts on 1. March from a meteorological point of view and on March 20 from a calendar point of view, when day and night are exactly the same length on this date.
Germany: March as the prelude to the election year 2021
It is still uncertain whether March will really be the herald of spring.
But one thing is already certain: In Germany, it will at least kick off the election year 2021, because
state elections will
14, 2021 in
On April 25th and June 6th, Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt will follow suit.
The state elections are mostly watched with tension, as they are considered to be important indicators for the next federal election.
This will take place on September 26, 2021 by order of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
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