[Tagging] Access restrictions for shoulder lanes?

AYTOUN RALPH ralph.aytoun at ntlworld.com
Mon Feb 2 14:38:31 UTC 2015

Unfortunately things are changing regarding the Hard Shoulder on UK
motorways. During times of congestion the Hard Shoulder is opened up to
alleviate some of the problem by allow traffic to use it to get to the next
off ramp and leave the motorway. So access=no would only apply some of the
time (and certainly would not be accessed by pedestrians or motorcycles at
any time time).
I assume that Martin is referring to non-motorway roads but does not say
which countries may have these. I would suggest that access restrictions
may differ from one country to another and the rules that apply to the road
in question would be the guideline to the restrictions for that road, and
may also be different for another road in a different part of that country.
So access=no may not apply to all roads where regular access is allowed.

On 2 February 2015 at 14:07, Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl> wrote:

>  Assuming you are talking about the "hard shoulder" AKA "emergency lane"
> on motorways, in NL and GB it would quite simply be "access=no". The only
> exceptions are if you break down, if you are an emergency service, or if
> you are instructed to by the police (or similar authority).
> On 2015-02-02 14:17, Martin Vonwald wrote:
>   Hi!
> If shoulder lanes are mapped (for whatever reason!), what access
> restrictions should we apply? A simple vehicle=no doesn't seem right to me.
> In some countries those lanes may be accessed regularly, e.g. by
> pedestrians or motorcycles, so foot=yes + motorcycle=yes is obvious, but
> what would be the access restrictions for all other vehicles?
> Best regards,
> Martin
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