Straight Talk: DES to enforce the vehicle decal policy

| March 26, 2010 | 3 Comments

Lt. Col. Dan Hulsebosch
Director, Directorate of Emergency Services, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Starting May 1, all vehicles entering Army installations in Hawaii will be required to have a Department of Defense decal. Drivers without decals will be immediately redirected to the nearest Visitor Control Point to obtain a one-day pass.

It’s important to remember that those who operate motor vehicles on U.S. Army installations are required to use DoD decals not only because it’s policy, but also because the decals assist in keeping our installation secure.

HulseboschVisible decals help law enforcement officers immediately identify those vehicles that are authorized access to post. The decals also assist in keeping cars moving on- and off-post, particularly in the early morning and late afternoon hours when traffic appears heaviest.

In addition, proper use of the DoD stickers allows police officers the means to quickly look up the registered owner of the vehicle.

According to both DoD policy and to Army Regulation190-5 (“Motor Vehicle Traffic Supervision”), “a person who lives or works on an Army, Defense Logistics Agency, Air Force, Navy, or Marine Corps installation or Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United States facility, or often uses the facilities, is required to register his or her vehicle.”

Furthermore, “individuals who access the installation for regular activities, such as use of medical facilities and regular recurring activities on the installation, should register their vehicles according to a standard operating procedure established by the installation commander.”
So, if you don’t already have a DoD decal on your car, go out and get one — not because it’s required, but because it’s the right thing to do. 

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  1. Joe says:

    Three points to consider:

    a. If you check all ID's for incoming vehicles entering the base, why do you also need stickers? If you don't check all ID's and wave people thru with a sticker alone, the sticker demonstrates that the owner is affiliated with the DoD (Mil, Civ, Contractor, retiree, dependant/spouse).

    b. At USAF installations, the security guards still have the authority to check registration/insurance and search vehicles as needed. The stickers only demonstrate that you had valid insurance and registration at the time of issuance.

    c. Certain installations require the sticker to comply with state Air Pollution laws; a smog check is required to get a sticker, even for vehicles with out-of state plates. If the main purpose is to keep polluting vehicles out of the state, they should be upfront and state that as a primary reason. Stickers don't enhance security if all ID's are checked at the gate anyways.

  2. Hawaii Army Weekly says:

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for the comments–I've forwarded them to the Directorate of Emergency Services.

    -Stephanie Rush
    Web Editor

  3. LTC Hulsebosch, DES says:

    One of the biggest reasons for the stickers is to help ID authorized vehicles on post when people are not in the car. The sticker quickly shows the vehicle is DOD and is allowed on post.

    The issuing of the sticker also puts all information about the sponser in our database, much of this information is not available to us with a simple license plate check.

    Hope this helps explain why DOD requires stickers on all DOD installations.

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