Maintenance records, often talked about, but seldom deemed creditable when management determines that some type of action is required. Comparing maintenance performance and costs has been a frustrating as well as a misleading exercise. In 1969, the American Trucking Associations, Inc. undertook the development of the first uniform vehicle maintenance reporting system by and for the industry. The basic research included for hire carriers, private carriers, government fleets, as well as manufacturers and suppliers. The end product was released in 1970 under the title Vehicle Maintenance Reporting Standards. This was ultimately shortened to VMRS.Since 1970, VMRS has been adopted and installed in a large number of fleets in the United States, Canada and Europe. The results have been significant. Industrywide data base reports have become available where, for the first time, true and meaningful statistics are being generated using VMRS. Several manufacturers have adopted the VMRS coding, thus we now have available a truly universal system developed for and adopted by all facets of the transportation industry.