In summary, and to keep the three types of plans correctly in
mind, it is helpful for you to remember the key word associated with each
Highway regulation plan=capabilities.
Traffic circulation plan=use.
Traffic control plan=control.
administrative methods used to gain the best use of the road network. One
of the most important is movement credits. It allows the HTD to regulate
traffic volume over selected routes. The system is so important that it has
been standardized among the members of NATO. This is done through a series
of standardization agreements (STANAGS), which will be referred to
throughout this subcourse.
Each column moving over certain portions of the road network must
request a movement credit. The HTD issues movement credits for supervised,
dispatch, and, when needed, reserved routes.
Based on the commander's
priorities and the situation, movement credits may also be required for
certain other movements.
When this is the case, it will be directed in
local SOPs, orders, or regulations. Movement credits may be issued for one
vehicle or a column of vehicles.
A movement credit carries a movement number, or an identification
serial number. This number is used to identify the column during its entire
It is often referred to informally as "the convoy number." The
number is placed, often in chalk or some similar manner, where it can
clearly be seen on the sides and, if possible, on the front of all vehicles
in the convoy.
Each element of the number provides certain information.
These numbers, and their meaning, have been standardized in NATO through
STANAG 1059 and STANAG 2154. An example of such a number might be:
The first two figures, in this case 25, show the day of the month
on which the movement is to begin. Next are three or more letters that show
the authority that organized the move. The first two letters are the symbol
for the country involved, in this case the United States. (See Figure 1-5.)
These letters may be followed by an identification code of the command that
organized the move. In this case, it is the U.S. Fifth Corps. The last two
numbers show the number of the movement, in this case the 8th.
There are several reasons for using such a numbering system. It
allows the column to move along selected routes without having to stop at
every regulating point and TCP to identify itself and provide authority for
Additionally, it allows the regulating point or TCP to more
easily report the convoy's passage to the HTD. Should an MP patrol see a