There are five types of route classifications:
dispatch, reserved, and prohibited. Route classification is used to place
the minimum amount of control on the road net that will facilitate movement.
Each of the five categories indicates a degree of restriction.
definitions have been standardized among NATO members (STANAG 2151).
An "open" route has the least control exercised on it.
used when the volume of traffic is light to moderate, and/or there is a
highly developed all-weather road system.
On an open route, a movement
credit is not required. Traffic control points will only be provided at the
A "supervised" route is designated when there are some
limitations on the road net, and/or the volume of traffic warrants it. The
HTD will exercise a limited amount of control. There will be an increase in
the number of TCPs.
Access to the route may be regulated.
credit will be required for columns of ten or more vehicles.
A "dispatch" route is used when there is a high volume of
traffic, a limited road net, and/or a large number of obstructions on the
roads. It will be fully controlled by the HTD. Movement credits will be
required for all vehicles. Such credits will be granted based on a priority
system. Both organizational and area control will be required.
The commander, through the HTD, may set aside a specific route.
This is called a "reserved" route. It may be set aside for the sole use of
a certain unit, for a specific operation, or a specific type of traffic (for
example, ammunition resupply). How much control is exercised over the route
will depend on the reason for it being designated a reserved route.
degree of control will be determined by the PM or the unit commander if that
route is reserved for a unit.
The final type of route classification is prohibited.
exactly as its name implies. The route is closed to all traffic. There are
many reasons for closing a route.
For example, parts of it may be
impassable or it may have been mined or subjected to NBC attack.
Highway Regulating Points.
In order to exercise control over these various types of routes, and
to provide information, the appropriate transportation unit may establish