[Tagging] Weigh stations

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Fri Apr 20 10:17:23 BST 2012

In Europe at any rate there are proper weighbridges which 
drivers/operators can use to check for compliancy with weight limits or 
for the registration of the transport of certain bulk materials (such as 
coal, oil etc - the truck is weighed before and after (un)loading). 
There are also invisible weight sensors embedded in the normal highway 
surface which are used for enforcement (while driving over it at full 
speed!). Sometimes these are announced on signs, sometimes they are not. 
These are IMHO very similar to speed cameras, which, by the way, can 
also often tell the difference between cars and trucks and apply the 
appropriate speed limit. If the police suspect a vehicle is overweight 
they can also require the vehicle to follow them to a convenient public 
(or, by agreement with the operator, private) weighbridge for a check.

So some weigh stations can be seen as a public facility, some are a 
private facility, and some are for enforcement.


On 20/04/2012 10:42, Nathan Edgars II wrote:
> On 4/20/2012 4:19 AM, Georg Feddern wrote:
>> Am 20.04.2012 09:02, schrieb Nathan Edgars II:
>>> Is there a tag in use for weigh stations, places where trucks are
>>> weighed to ensure that they are not too heavy?
>> There is only a tag at
>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Relation:enforcement
>> for such "enforcement" devices.
> It doesn't make sense to use a relation. It's more like a rest area 
> (highway=services - though I just found a problem there and will send 
> a separate message) than a traffic camera. See the photo here: 
> http://www.dot.state.fl.us/statemaintenanceoffice/WeighStationListing.shtm#Plant%20City%20Weigh%20In%20Motion%20(WIM)%20-%20Static%20Station 
> and the others on that page.

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