We start every day from the office. Company trucks don't go home with me. I have to drive to the office and sometime back two blocks from my house. If your field crew lives 30 min from the office tell them the don't get paid for 30. The office is the one bidding on jobs 3 hours away. When my office does that we work 4-10 hour days. I don't like driveing 3 hours in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. Yeah field crews might be a dime a dozen but so are crews that take naps during the day and drag their feet. If your happy with the way they work then treat them like their people and not field filth. Do you tell your PE's that they don't get paid for time going and prepping for planning board meeting?
If the crew is to report to an office, their time begins at the set time, unless he is late. The travel time to the job, in a company vehicle, must be paid by the company. On the way home, if the crew does nothing but get out of the truck and leaves, time to individuals does not have to be paid. If a member of the crew performs any tasks which are work-related after arriving at the office at the end of the day, all time, including travel time must be paid. If the crew is supposed to report to a job site, then he doesn't have to be paid for any driving time. If you make the crew report to a central office and then drive their separate vehicles to a job site, you're liable for any driving accidents by your employee, as they are performing within the course and scope of his employment.
This is a situation in which the surveying company has a central office where the vehicles, equipment and supplies are kept. Also, instructions and debriefings occur at regular intervals.
I believe these are the laws in Texas for most companies. Thera are other stipulations for different types of companies, different- sized companies, etc.