They will be manned by highway regulating point teams
(HRPT) from the theater army movements control agency (TAMCA) or the corps
traffic regulation plan and to report road and convoy status. HRPTs monitor
and report the progress of convoys and relay instructions from the HTD to
They may also be required to perform traffic control
functions when MP is not available.
When the host nation regulates the
highways, they are used to provide liaison.
Traffic Control Points (TCP).
BCC by the MP is accomplished through the use of mobile patrols,
traffic control posts, and temporary road signs. TCP are set up at critical
points along the MSR to control the movement of vehicles and personnel.
They prevent delays and congestion and ensure that movement priorities are
kept. TCP enforce rules and regulations. Often they make adjustments for
unscheduled road movements and make minor rerouting if necessary. They also
serve as an information post and provide a communication link. They may be
required to perform transportation highway regulation duties when HRPTs are
not available. In order to effectively perform many of these duties, they
must understand the priority system.
Highway Traffic Priorities.
All highway movements are based on the commander's announced
priorities. There are certain principles that almost always apply. Unless
the HTD has stated otherwise, these principles should be followed.
general, traffic moving forward has priority over traffic moving to the
rear. Forward moving, loaded vehicles have priority over vehicles moving in
any direction. In more specific terms:
of combat forces will receive the highest
are tactical, combat-ready forces.
example might be
a tank company moving to reinforce an
that is under attack.
The next highest priority is the emergency supply of combat
Such supplies will normally be ammunition, fuel or
priorities may be given, based on the commander's decision.
The forward movement of emergency medical supplies receives
the next priority.
The highest rearward moving
evacuation of casualties.
Finally, any movement required for the immediate support of
combat operations that does not fall into one of the above
categories is given priority.