LESSON 1/TASK 1
The operation of a privately owned vehicle on a military installation is a conditional privilege extended to
individuals by the installation commander. In general practice, that conditional privilege is granted to
almost anyone with a valid operators permit. The installation commander can suspend or revoke this
privilege. This is usually done only when the individual exhibits unsafe driving practices. A motor
vehicle operator program is established on the installation to manage this aspect of traffic control,
education, and safety. Administration of the overall vehicle operator program is the responsibility of the
PM. In accomplishing this task the PM, and his staff, coordinate closely with civil authorities and other
installation staff agencies.
The PM (or other chief law enforcement officer) is also charged with preparing and maintaining the
installation traffic circulation plan. The circulation plan provides for the maximum safe and efficient use
of the road net on the installation. It is a major factor in the development of long range master planning
for the installation. It must be closely coordinated with the facilities engineer and other staff officers.
Close coordination must also be effected with civil authorities in adjacent jurisdictions.
The installation safety office is charged with the development and supervision of all types of safety
programs for the installation. Within that mission, the safety office is vitally concerned with programs
dealing with the prevention of motor vehicle accidents and safety. The PM coordinates closely with the
safety office in providing information as to the causes of motor vehicle accidents, as well as other
unsafe traffic conditions.
The facilities engineer is tasked with the planning, construction, and maintenance of the roads and
highways. He is also responsible for obtaining, installing, and maintaining permanent traffic control
devices. These include traffic signs, signals, and pavement markings. The task is performed in close
coordination with the PM. The devices are to conform with the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control
Devices. The planning, construction, and maintenance of the road network is to conform with the