ooh the wonderful PMV again. maybe this will help, from DCBA in 2013. Some points to note that is not there but I have learned through attending briefing sessions in Ottawa that included DCBA, VAC and TB along with follow on briefings at Bdes and Divs.
Even though a class a mbr can be approved PMV for TD 650 kms or less away it does not mean they travel it in one day without risk. The concept is they would travel up to the 500kms, stop for the night and then complete the trip the next day as you can travel 150kms and still perform a full days work. If the mbr decides to exceed the 500kms they take on a risk if an accident does happen in which they are injured may not be covered by VAC as they do not consider them on duty at that point.
Spec Lve (Reloc) can not be used for travel, it is for prior to travel.
Big note: Travelling via PMV without authority - "not be entitled to any duty travel benefits under the CFTDTIs" means exactly that - you get nothing. No mileage, meals or accms enroute, incidentals and no entitlement to R&Q while there unless local mbrs are ordered into quarters because you have just made yourself a local mbr.
For the concept of "tell them you will be somewhere else closer". Had that scenario and wish I could find the email but the basic answer we received when it was sent up was to book the mbr CA as authorizing the PMV from another location was viewed as an attempt to circumvent the regulations and grant the mbr an unofficial travel day. How about the return - pure coincidence that mbr happened to have business to stop over for on the return leg too?
Refs: A. CFTDTI
B. CF Leave Policy Manual
C. DCBA 3-3 email, dated 12 Jun 13
Further to ref C (email below); DCBA and DPPD staff have carefully reviewed refs A and B, and earlier legal advise (notal) to DCBA. First and foremost, the Reserve "period of service" (POS) message/tasking must include the member’s employment period (Temporary Duty (TD) period), leave (entitlement is for 30 continuous days (POS) or more) and duty travel day(s). Essentially, when looking at pertinent policy and associated benefits, there are two scenarios; as follows:
Scenario 1: Distance to new employment location is 650 km or less. IAW Ref A, the approving authority should select a mode of transportation (MOT) to the employment opportunity location which would normally take one duty travel day. Pursuant to art 7.40(2) of ref A, the member can request to use PMV and be reimbursed for travel expenses.
Scenario 2: Distance to new employment location is greater than 650 km. If the course starts on a Monday, the approving authority cannot "approve" a request by the member to select PMV as the preferred method of travel. Reference A does not permit an approving authority to create additional benefits, and IAW reference B, members are not permitted to utilize annual leave on a weekend. (unless shiftworkers - and there would be no application in this instance). With this scenario, because the official duty travel day would be moved to Saturday and the additional travel day required would be Sunday, this would create an extra paid day for these members which is not allowed under the construct of the Treasury Board approved CFTDTI. Hence, if the member opts to take their PMV in this instance, they would not be entitled to any duty travel benefits under the CFTDTIs.
It should be noted, however, that if the Training Establishment builds into the mbr's POS annual leave entitlements prior to the start of the course, the member may be entitled to request to use their PMV; provided the course start date allows for additional travel days during the work week. In this instance, the mbr would be entitled to use annual leave entitlements earned during the POS. E.g. 2 day trip, 1150 km or less, and course starting mid-week (Wed). The 'official" duty travel day would be the Mon, and the mbr would be on annual leave on the Tue. The POS msg/instruction should reflect the member utilizing annual leave entitlements prior to the start of the employment opportunity/TD. In these instances, CFTDTI benefits will be paid to the member for one day only, pursuant to art 7.40(2) of CFTDTI.
Special Leave (Relocation) for Reservists proceeding to the new employment location: Reservists proceeding to the new employment location on att posting, course (TD) or on taskings, pursuant to Ref B, the approving authority may approve "Special Leave (Relocation)" which must be taken prior to the member's first duty travel day and/or after the last duty travel day (at location of the member's Reserve unit). Additionally, these days "shall not be reckoned against weekend days or statutory holidays", as stipulated at ref B para 5.11.02. If "Special Leave (Relocation)" is approved by the unit approving authority, then the member would start the Class “B" reserve service effective that date. Units are cautioned that the option of using "Special Leave (Relocation)" has a direct cost associated with it; given the member of the Reserve Force’s POS would need to be extended for the extra day(s). If this type of leave is granted, it is imperative that the pertinent POS msg/instruction be amended to account for the extra day(s).