I have been with them for a few months and so far have enjoyed it. In my part of the country we do a lot of rack refrigeration work. This can be a downer if you don't like night,weekend and unscheduled work. They charge you 15 bucks a week truck fee and have gps on the vans. I'm not sure that is legal but in this economy seems you have to take the good with the bad.
I worked for an outfit that charges techs $35/month truck fee, I question it and was told that it has something to do with NYS law or some sort of tax and it was not a profit. there are a few companies doing it but most dont.
truck fee and GPS don't seem to go together. If the IRS thinks the truck is for your benefit they want you to pay tax on that benefit. Charging the truck fee keeps you from being taxed. Outside of the HVAC world this is common with a company car.
Now if the GPS is to keep you for using it for running around town how is it a benefit?
If I'm being charged $35 for the privilege of driving a co truck then I'm also driving it to the store or maybe even run some errands from time to time.
IRS can think what they want but the only reason I have a co vehicle is so that I can run calls for them. I would cover that fee for the employee if I owned the co.
Think of it this way... The company doesnt NEED to let you take the company vehicle to your house. They could make you park it at the office, then if you get called out, you drive your personal vehicle to the office pick up your van and go, and drive your personal vehicle to the office every day. Pretty sure you would tally up more than 15 dollars a week in gas doing that. And before you say you would cover the cost if you run the co. Maybe if you only had 5-10 trucks on the road, but when you are talking about a company that has 300+ trucks on the road, it seems a little foolish to foot the bill for 250,000 bucks doesnt it?
As far as GPS goes, its not really that big of a deal to me. I dont do anything wrong iwth my van whether I do or dont have GPS so it doesn't bother me. Its more or less a tool for the company to be more efficient, and make the job easier on the dispatchers. Because I doubt someone from Indianapolis is going to know where any town in Wisconsin is except maybe Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay. Oh, and on a side note, I work at DEEM, and love it. I go to work in the morning, do my work for the day, dont create any waves and I never hear from the office, nobody complains and my paycheck is always in my account Friday mornings.
I don't care about GPS, but here's the thing. I won't be forced to subsidize the company with the money I earn when company vehicles are just a part of being in the business we are in. It's not a benefit. It's a liability. It is a necessary evil. I would rather not have that rolling billboard parked at my house, when it says to everyone who passes by "Break into me! I am filled with thousands of dollars worth of tools and materials!" Is the company going to assist me in any way when I have to defend my family with deadly force because some miscreant was tempted by the van marked “____ Heating and Air Conditioning”?
The company knows that by me being able to go straight to the job immediately from my house, without having to go to the office and load/unload saves them tremendous amounts of cash! I work for a company with about 75 service and controls techs. Can you imagine what it would cost them to provide parking for 75 personal vehicles at their office, in addition to the 100+ engineers, sales, managment, and administrative personnel who already park there? Can you imagine the astronomical costs of those 75 people having to load and unload their stuff from the vans every day? They're not doing it for free. Maybe I should charge the company I work for an additional $15 a week for allowing them to use my driver's license? Or maybe I should hit them for hazard pay every time I go out on the road, seeing as how I am risking my life and safety for their bottom line! We are exposed to more danger on the roads than anywhere else in our jobs. Especially those of us who live and work in high-traffic heavily populated areas.
The employers can choose to run their business any way they see fit. The only option I have, being a skilled and experienced technician who is in demand, is to go to work for a company that does not treat me as a liability and offers a working environment that is consistent with industry standards. This is an issue of principle, not money.
Think of it this way... The company doesnt NEED to let you take the company vehicle to your house. They could make you park it at the office, then if you get called out, you drive your personal vehicle to the office pick up your van and go, and drive your personal vehicle to the office every day.
That would not fly doing commercial refrigeration service.
Most of my customers demand a 2 hour maximum response time on emergency calls.
My home office is one hour, one way. Now, I get the call, drive an hour (depending on traffic, of course) pick up my van, drive another hour to get back home, THEN start driving to the customer.