VMRS was developed to establish a standard coding convention for universally tracking equipment and maintenance costs and functions. In other words, it was intended to be the shorthand of maintenance reporting. The purpose of VMRS has been to provide...

VMRS continues to expand and reflect the many changes in today’s rapidly changing technology. There are now codes for hybrid drivetrains, selective catalytic reduction, lane departure systems and crash avoidance systems, to name a few.

Many non-traditional fleets are now finding the importance of using VMRS as well. Municipalities, utility companies and construction fleets have started using VMRS to track their maintenance costs.

With tougher economic times it’s important to know where the maintenance dollars are being spent and VMRS offers the best method for gathering the pertinent reports.


Reports are the backbone for any maintenance shop and VMRS is the best method available for gathering numerous types of reports. VMRS can help any fleet with parts reliability data and costs, labor data, warranty claims and much more.

The number of codes has increased over the years, but the standard VMRS format remains the same. VMRS continues to be the preferred method for maintenance reporting and communication.

New VMRS codes are entered on a continual basis and become part of the standard coding convention. New codes can be requested by contacting the staff at TMC, and TMC encourages new code requests in order to keep VMRS up-to-date and relevant.

A lot has happened since 1969, but VMRS has stood the test of time and is still going strong.

To find out more about VMRS contact Jack Poster by phone at 703-838-7928 or by e-mail at

Jack Poster is VMRS services manager for the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations. He has worked in the transportation industry for more then 30 years, beginning at his family-owned Chrysler-Plymouth agency in Western Pennsylvania. He later went to work for Merchant’s Tire & Auto and then took a position with Mancon Inc., a parts procurement firm for the Virginia Department of Transportation. In 2007, he became TMC’s caretaker of the VMRS coding convention, working with fleets, OEMs, software firms and all users of VMRS to ensure the integrity of the codes.

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