[Tagging] Driving side

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Fri Mar 21 20:54:21 UTC 2014


Sorry, bad idea. We map the roads, not the vehicles. It is not illegal
to drive a car with the wheel on the "wrong" side - millions of
Europeans do it regularly, both on holiday and because certain models of
car are only made for certain markets. Let's stick to driving_side
referring to the side of the road. 

By the way, when Samoa changed from driving on the right to driving on
the left a couple of years ago, that was because most of the vehicles
were imported second-hand from Australia and therefore had the steering
wheel on the right anyway... 


On 2014-03-21 21:24, Fernando Trebien wrote: 

> I wonder what you mean by "Is there any interest of using it on
> countries?". It's been defined for countries, and is used on it, as
> you said.
> You could simply tag the country with "driving_side=right/left" and
> use the same (but with the opposite value) on those streets.
> That said, I think driving side also implies "driver side" inside the
> vehicle. Though I find it very unlikely to see this information in use
> one day, it's best to define this meaning early on. A change of driver
> side requires either a change of vehicle or some special vehicle that
> can drive on both sides. In the case of your city, driving side
> changes, but driver side doesn't. You could include that in the
> description of "opposite".
> One more thing: this only makes sense if there is no physical barrier
> between the opposite traffic directions. If there is, then it's just a
> separate way with no special change in driving side.
> On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 5:19 PM, Fernando Trebien
> <fernando.trebien at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 5:07 PM, John Packer <john.packer7 at gmail.com> wrote: There is a tag documented on the wiki called driving_side=right/left. According to it's description, this tag should only be used on countries, and it describes the side of the traffic in the whole country. So far so good, but according to taginfo it is used only once on a relation, however there are some uses on some ways, and even nodes(?). There are, in my city, a couple of streets that have an inverted driving side. So I am going to extend this tag's documentation to include ways that have it's driving side opposite to it's country's normal driving side. Is there any interest of using it on countries? If there is not, I will exclude the possibility of use on countries from this tag's documentation. Perhaps, with this new definition, this tag could be redefined to have only one value: driving_side=opposite (this way, it could avoid any confusion about it's use) What do you think?
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