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    Boss wants to charge me for a damaged wheel trim....

    Ok, I just thought i'd get a few opinions here because my friends think this is outrageous.

    I drive a company van for work. Aparrently I've damaged one of the wheel trims, I'm not too sure about the extent of the damage but I'm sure its nothing more than what would happen if it rubbed up against the curb..

    Now, my boss wants to charge me for a brand new genuine wheel trim from a vauxhall dealer and take it out of my wages.

    I'm only on 13k a year which isn't a lot by any means for the industry I am in.

    My friends have said that the business should absorb these costs as it is company property.

    Also, my bosses dad tends to use my van for various errands and long trips at weekends so who's to say it was definitley me who caused the damaged?

    Anyway, I'm pretty peeved about this, don't really think it's right that I should have to comp these costs for the sake of aesthetics..

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    It surely should be covered under the insurance ?

    Ask him to proove you did it!! Do they inspections after some has dropped it off? He cant prove owt!! If he takes it out of your wages take it further!!

    Their responsibility to keep the van maintained

    shouldn't really be made to pay-they cost about £18, not unless you are making a habit out of it?

    I take it your boss made you sign some sort of disclaimer detailing this......if not tell him to take a flying leap.....(nicely though):whistling:

    Original Poster

    Naeem786;3474088

    Ask him to proove you did it!! Do they inspections after some has dropped … Ask him to proove you did it!! Do they inspections after some has dropped it off? He cant prove owt!! If he takes it out of your wages take it further!!



    Nope they don't do inspections. We're actually supposed to sign a sheet saying the van is in mint condition before we take them out but this only happened once when I first took it out.

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    skusey;3474093

    shouldn't really be made to pay-they cost about £18, not unless you are … shouldn't really be made to pay-they cost about £18, not unless you are making a habit out of it?



    Nope, only happened this once, never been told or warned about it before.

    What size company you working for? Ive been working in the drinks industry for close to 5 years and have driven vans on a daily basis. Accidents will happen! The company I work for pay for everything. I have seen things from vans being written off to at least a new mirror, or new light surround every week. The company should take the hit on any repairs!

    If the van has been used by other people and they cannot prove it is you, I would argue the toss to see how far you can go. Ask them to prove it was you! The worse they can give is a disciplinary.

    Oooh, and touch wood, the only thing I have done is take down a pub wall... Again, fully repaired by the company at their cost.

    baconsandwich;3474108

    Nope they don't do inspections. We're actually supposed to sign a sheet … Nope they don't do inspections. We're actually supposed to sign a sheet saying the van is in mint condition before we take them out but this only happened once when I first took it out.



    Tell him you never did it and even if it was mistakes happen!! People scrape the vans of some companys I know and they dont mind!!

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    spann3rs;3474122

    What size company you working for? Ive been working in the drinks … What size company you working for? Ive been working in the drinks industry for close to 5 years and have driven vans on a daily basis. Accidents will happen! The company I work for pay for everything. I have seen things from vans being written off to at least a new mirror, or new light surround every week. The company should take the hit on any repairs!If the van has been used by other people and they cannot prove it is you, I would argue the toss to see how far you can go. Ask them to prove it was you! The worse they can give is a disciplinary.



    That's the problem, it's a very small company (employs only 4 people) which is losing money left right and centre in the current financial climate.

    The only other person who has driven it is the boss's father, who has been driving vans for decades.. Compared to me who only got his licence in may. The odds aren't in my favour..

    No way, that's ourageous - don't pay!!!

    If its £18 quid it may be worth biting the bullet. But if you do, devise a daily check sheet and sign it everyday. Or even better, get your boss to check it before and after you use it. But drive carefully.

    I think you should speak to your local citizen's advice bureau and explain the situation, if there is no way of proving you were in charge of the vehicle when the damage occurred then I don't see how they can take anything out of your wages. Good luck!

    It's a wheel trim! Thats what they are for!

    If your that worried tell him you will pay for a new one when he wants to sell the van.

    sounds like your not the bosses favorite employee.
    I run a small company and would probably have a moan about it, but thats as far as it would go.

    I would call his bluff and apologise for the damage even though you were unaware of this happening. If he is a decent bloke and has calmed down, he probably will forget about deducting it from your wages.....it will be more hassle than its worth altering your paye etc.

    why not nick somebody elses, that's what I do !!!

    Sounds like a good idea, also take the other remaining wheel trims off and tell your boss to keep em safe.

    Say you'll pay the £18 but say you refuse to drive it any more as you don't need the hassle - Say if they want to keep you driving they'll have to cover all costs.
    PS Makes me wonder if they have full insurance - ask to see the insurance document as if you drive it and it's uninsured you'll be the one facing points, a fine and maybe a ban.

    When I was temping I accidentally put a nasty deep scratch along the side of a mercedes I was driving. Cost about £5000 to repair but I didn't pay a penny. It all went on the insurance.

    crd67;3476539

    Say you'll pay the £18 but say you refuse to drive it any more as you … Say you'll pay the £18 but say you refuse to drive it any more as you don't need the hassle - Say if they want to keep you driving they'll have to cover all costs.


    Thats a good idea :thumbsup:

    crd67;3476539

    Say you'll pay the £18 but say you refuse to drive it any more as you … Say you'll pay the £18 but say you refuse to drive it any more as you don't need the hassle - Say if they want to keep you driving they'll have to cover all costs. PS Makes me wonder if they have full insurance - ask to see the insurance document as if you drive it and it's uninsured you'll be the one facing points, a fine and maybe a ban.



    Way to get the sack :thumbsup:

    numbnut;3474621

    sounds like your not the bosses favorite employee. I run a small company … sounds like your not the bosses favorite employee. I run a small company and would probably have a moan about it, but thats as far as it would go.I would call his bluff and apologise for the damage even though you were unaware of this happening. If he is a decent bloke and has calmed down, he probably will forget about deducting it from your wages.....it will be more hassle than its worth altering your paye etc.



    I'm with numbnuts on this...

    Check your contract, i don't think they can automatically dock your wages without you having consented to it in a contract. This is certainly true of fines, bad parking in company car park etc. and i should think it extends to damages as well
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