information required, there are other sources that you will have to
understand and use as well.
You must always examine a mission order not
only for the tasks that are stated, but for those tasks that are implied.
Traffic Control Plan.
One of the most important items that you will need to understand in
order to establish and operate a TCP is the traffic control plan.
traffic control plan is prepared by the provost marshal and coordinated with
the HTD. It is normally in map overlay form and shows the control measures
areas, temporary signs, and alternate routes.
It may also show where new
control functions will be needed if the MSR is blocked at selected critical
points. Figure 2-1 is a sample traffic control plan.
The traffic control plan indicates the general area of the control
measures. For example, it will show the intersection where a TCP is to be
The team leader must determine the exact location on the
ground that will best fulfill the TCP mission and provide security.
In addition to the control measures specified in the traffic control
plan, you will have to be familiar with the highway regulations. In an area
of operations (AO) these are usually published in the form of SOP by the
headquarters having area jurisdiction. They may also be found, in certain
circumstances, as annexes to either logistics orders (LOGORD) or operations
Such regulations provide the rules of the road, just as
traffic laws do in a garrison situation. MP enforce the highway regulations
in SOP and the regulations in the HTD plans. The highway regulations found
in SOP may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Rate of march and greatest permitted speed.
Ways to handle disabled vehicles.
Distance to be kept between vehicles.
Distance to be kept between convoy elements.
Military vehicles lighting (STANAG 2024).
Controls required, such as guides, flags, markings (STANAG 2027).