[Tagging] How to tag: Legally separated ways

Svavar Kjarrval svavar at kjarrval.is
Mon Oct 15 18:26:02 GMT 2012

I think most laws require that even emergency vehicles observe
restrictions like oneway streets. If there are any restrictions which
can be broken in case of emergency vehicles, I think they'd program
their routing software to them.

- Svavar Kjarrval

On 15/10/12 18:16, Eckhart Wörner wrote:
> Hi Colin,
> Am Montag, 15. Oktober 2012, 20:08:01 schrieb Colin Smale:
>> I don't understand why emergency vehicles are so important in this 
>> discussion. In the first place they have wide-ranging exemptions from 
>> traffic rules, which (let's be honest) we are never going to tag in OSM. 
>> Secondly they are never going to be relying on OSM data (or indeed any 
>> normal sat-nav) for lane-precise routing. They are trained to use their 
>> eyes and brains to make split-second decisions on what is safe and an 
>> acceptable risk under the circumstances of that moment. Thirdly, they 
>> will be about 0.0000000001% of the potential users of OSM data - why 
>> should we compromise "service" to the vast majority of real users for 
>> the hypothetical benefit of the very few.
> I fully agree with you; if we were going to map for emergency vehicles, we'd probably have to add
> oneway:conditional = no @ emergency
> for almost all oneway roads first.
> Eckhart
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