A fee is charged for procuring and using the VPI European Maintenance Guide (VPI-EMG). An annual service fee must be paid to VPI European Rail Service GmbH (VERS) for use of the guide. All updates and translations are included in this fee. A one-time surcharge must additionally be paid upon the first procurement. The surcharge is also due if the annual service fee was not paid in the previous year.
Annual service fee
The amount of the annual service fee is based on the size and number of the organisational units of a company / company group using the guide. There is also a differentiation between members and non-members of a UIP association. A written verification of membership must be provided by the recipient. The service fee is halved if the guide is procured for the first time after 30 September of the current year. Changes to the users of a company group must be reported to the VERS office by 31 January. Locations of a company group that are added in the course of a year will be retroactively billed for the current year with a supplemental invoice according to the cost table. There is no reimbursement for locations that are eliminated. Invoicing always takes place in the first quarter of the year. The statutory payment period of 30 days applies.