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September 12, 2021 7:45 PM, EDT

TMC Updates VMRS Licenses, Moves to Annual Subscription

Jack Poster“The powers that be pre-COVID decided we needed to redo the licensing to broaden the scope of VMRS. So in the past there were two VMRS licenses," TMC's Poster says. "There are now four.” (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

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CLEVELAND — The Technology & Maintenance Council of American Trucking Associations on Sept. 12 announced a series of updates to its vehicle maintenance coding system, which it offers to service professionals in the trucking industry.

The Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards for a long time had two licensing categories. TMC has now added two categories and moved the systems to an annual subscription. The announcement was made during the TMC Fall Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition.

“The biggest news we have to tell you is after so many years, we have updated the VMRS licensing, and we’ve updated the VMRS implementation handbook,” said Jack Poster, VMRS services manager for TMC. “The powers that be pre-COVID decided we needed to redo the licensing to broaden the scope of VMRS. So in the past there were two VMRS licenses. There are now four.”

The VMRS system already had Corporate Complete for anyone using the codes on a daily basis and Complete Distribution for software management companies. The codes were updated to include the Electronic Catalog and Complete Development categories.

“It’s an annual subscription,” Poster said. “That’s something else that’s changed. The price is based on sales and annual revenues. So that’s another change that we’ve made. We’re doing it sort of like ATA does its membership.

“It’s based on your sales and your revenue. To date, we’ve had quite a bit of interest. It’s fascinating to me, the people that are coming on board using VMRS. It’s really changed over the years.”

The Electronic Catalog covers components and manufacturing, and is meant for parts manufacturers, distributors or suppliers that want to code parts or their inventory. The Complete Development was introduced for companies and entrepreneurs that are working in areas such as artificial intelligence and using VMRS to gather the data.

TMC first announced that it planned to update the codes during the TMC Spring Meeting in April.

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