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If an employee WANTS to take the company truck to his house every night instead of from the shop to the job site, should I still be responsible for that fuel? It's about 5 gallons a day round trip.
 

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does the job site not change?, will the numbers not change job to job, study's have been done on this, police etc and its been found poeple are more productive starting from home in co cr/truck
 

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does the job site not change?, will the numbers not change job to job, study's have been done on this, police etc and its been found poeple are more productive starting from home in co cr/truck
This is why we made the change years ago. We had guys driving by their job to get to the shop for the truck. Easy decision for a good employee.
 

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If an employee WANTS to take the company truck to his house every night instead of from the shop to the job site, should I still be responsible for that fuel? It's about 5 gallons a day round trip.
I had a company truck that I took home. My boss didn't have to ask me to put fuel in it, I just did it.

How much faith do you have in this guy?
 

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I drive a co. van, sitting in my driveway, I go to shop Mon get in the van and drop it off Fri . Drive it all week, I clock in when I get to the job, clock out when I leave job site .

I have a co. credit card , fill it up 2 times every 7 , 8 working days . I typically work an hour or more from the shop. If I go to the shop, I get paid from the time I get there. It's more advantageous to my boss then me, he saves 10 or more hours of drive time a week, by giving me the van.

I have never paid for gas in it, it's not mine, my boss does not pay for my gas or time when I drive my own truck, which is next to never .
 

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I drive a co. van, sitting in my driveway, I go to shop Mon get in the van and drop it off Fri . Drive it all week, I clock in when I get to the job, clock out when I leave job site .

I have a co. credit card , fill it up 2 times every 7 , 8 working days . I typically work an hour or more from the shop. If I go to the shop, I get paid from the time I get there. It's more advantageous to my boss then me, he saves 10 or more hours of drive time a week, by giving me the van.

I have never paid for gas in it, it's not mine, my boss does not pay for my gas or time when I drive my own truck, which is next to never .
I had a similar arrangement, except the truck never got dropped off at the shop. I did enjoy a bit of personal use in the truck. Easier to take the truck I was already driving to the store than switch trucks, then switch back a couple of hours later.

My boss was a great guy - well he still is a great guy but he's only my boss when he hires me for a job now :laughing:

I don't even know if he knows I ever put gas in it, but I wouldn't feel right if I didn't put $50 or so in for what amounted to my own use.
 

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I drive a company truck. It's one of the perks, and I don't abuse the privilege much. I got my fist one, a F-250, new in '98. They hand them down after 250K, so in '06 I got another new F-250. I just got a different truck again. Now that I'm an office guy (that still just sounds wrong) They put me in a F-150, 'cause the office guys drive half-tons. But some new guy screwed me. There was a guy that retired, and his truck had like 50K on it, and that was supposed to go this new guy that got hired and I was to get a new one. But this guy decided not to take the job, so I got the hand-me-down. But I ain't bitching. My house is 49 miles from the shop, and I appreciate the hell out of burning company gas to get there and back. I would say that there are about 25 guys in company trucks where I work.
 

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should I still be responsible for that fuel?
Yes. It's a great perk if you want to get perks back from your employee. An employee who does not have to concern himself with figuring out how he's going to get to work every day is alleviated from a certain amount of stress. Also, when someone has a company vehicle with no out of pocket expenses, they are inclined to start earlier, work a little later, and work a little harder.
 

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My guys get a truck in lieu of higher pay. I value the co truck at 500 a month , I cover all the cost, but they are required to wash it every Friday. Every time I offer a raise vs a truck they pick the truck. Huge win for me and they are happy as well. Plus it's free advertising!
 

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When I owned the low volt company we had 5 company vehicles and 9 employees. I had one, my business partner had another and we assigned the other three to our leads. They were given a company cc and the van to take home and use on off hours as they saw fit within reason of course. They were all great guys and we trusted 100%. It never made a huge dent in our finances and made the guys happy they didn't have to drive their cars to a central location and then back to a job that was 5 minutes from home.
 

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Company truck, company fuel is the only way I've ever done it. It's a definite perk for the employee and they need to appreciate it. When we started we had a guy that had to drive his own truck to the job and bitched about it, but we just started and told him we would get him a truck. We paid for his gas in his truck. Good foreman but I guess he didn't really want to give us any time to get started and find him a truck. He quit and has been a couple places since.

Fast forward 4 years and we're on a second round of trucks, nice crew cab work trucks not brand new but 07-09's in good shape nice to drive. Unfortunately it's a pretty big expense but I try to put in 50-75 per day in my estimates to cover the cost of purchase, fuel and maint. If you have a good employee the cost is worth it to give them a real nice perk.
 

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Yes. It's a great perk if you want to get perks back from your employee. An employee who does not have to concern himself with figuring out how he's going to get to work every day is alleviated from a certain amount of stress. Also, when someone has a company vehicle with no out of pocket expenses, they are inclined to start earlier, work a little later, and work a little harder.
Thank you, and my ex-boss couldn't understand why commuting 40 miles round trip for $10/hr was stressing me the F out! :whistling
 

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Most of last yr i was letting my helper take a truck home as his vehicle was always broke down. I found going to pick him up and taking him back home was a waste of my time and costing me twice as much in gas/fuel than if he took the truck home. But, i also found myself paying out an extra $100 or more a week in gas expenses i did not have before. Letting him drive the truck also seemed to enable him as he still never had money for repairs of his own truck. Then i found myself paying for repairs on my truck that i wasnt even driving. The last straw was when my wife caught him with a load of junk on the bed 40 miles from home heading for the junk yard. So, basically what i was doing was giving him a truck to drive, putting gas in it, repairing it and he had his transportation to and from work and i was paying for him to use it for scrapping too. He is still allowed to take it home for snow plowing but that is it.
 

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It's nothing about not trusting the guys or anything but like that but really more of a basic question of who should pay.

This specific guy basically needs to drive by my house on 75% of the jobs we work on because of where he lives in relation to me and the job sites. The other ones he drives himself.

He gets paid from the minute he leaves here until he gets back. If he's using the truck, wouldn't he then only get paid for the time he gets to the job site then leaves the job each day?

I think it would be detrimental to his income to want to take the truck home each day.
 
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