In the private sector, employees on call often are paid mileage for using their own car when a response is needed.
That’s a lot cheaper than paying for the gas, evening and morning for years, for an employee who only needs a vehicle to get to a site occasionally.
In cases where equipment might be required, perhaps a city vehicle is warranted.
But then the departments that require long periods of on-call could also stagger shifts so that employees could work odd hours on regular time and cover some of the on-call periods. That’s what newspapers did during their many profitable years. Maybe taking a city car home would not look so attractive if an employee had the alternative of working from 6 p.m. to midnight or midnight to 8 a.m.
That’s what the private sector does rather than subsidize employee commutes.
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