Regarding Employee Truck Charges...
It seems to me there may be a slight misunderstanding from an employee's standpoint as to this $15.00 per week charge.
It's not an employer sticking it to the employee issue at all. It's an IRS taxation issue in which the employer is forced to be the tax collector.
I saw a post asking whether or not law enforcement is being charged this weekly fee. I would suspect they are not, and here's why. The $3.00/day charge is for personal use of a company vehicle. Most law enforcement agencies are on the clock from the minute the key turns in the ignition at their house until they shut the cruiser off at home at the end of the shift....there is no personal use.
We are dispatched directly from home - in fact, I only get into the shop every couple of months or so. Likewise, we are on the clock from the minute our truck leaves the driveway until the minute it pulls in and therefore have no obligation to pay a weekly fee for personal use of the company truck.
A previous company I worked for in WI was able to skirt the weekly charge by requiring us to have our trucks washed weekly. I was never told directly, but I came to understand that this requirement (in this particular company's eyes) satisfied the IRS company vehicle usage issue.
Who's to say why one company does it and another doesn't? Bottom line, if you - as an individual - can live with the weekly fee....great! If you can't, then it's time to start polishing up the resume.
Either way, it's not the employer's who came up with this idea of charging a technician to take a truck home and so any problem you have with it doesn't lie with the employer......it falls directly on our US government. To take out any frustration on the employer seems immature, at best.