[Tagging] Driving side

John Packer john.packer7 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 22 13:30:08 UTC 2014

> The current values would work well for both streets and countries, so keep
> them.

Actually, that's why I want to change it.
I think having only one value (driving_side=opposite (or inverted)) would
be better to tag highways.
It is a little shameful to admit it, but sometimes I confuse left and
right; so by restricting this tag's values there wouldn't be any confusion,
and restrict it's use only to highways that actually need them (besides
making it simpler to use).

This tag never went through a formal proposal process, and have very few
uses, so I think there is no impediment for changing it's use.

Of course, another option is to restrict *left/right* values to countries
and the *inverted* value to highways, but if there is no interest to
applying this tag to the countries, then it might as well be restricted to

2014-03-22 8:09 GMT-03:00 Tobias Knerr <osm at tobias-knerr.de>:

> On 21.03.2014 21:07, John Packer wrote:
> > 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.
> That's a good and useful extension, as has already been mentioned on the
> key's talk page. So I suggest you go ahead and extend it.
> > 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?
> I don't think there is any good reason to force someone who wants to tag
> countries' driving sides to invent new tags. The current values would
> work well for both streets and countries, so keep them.
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