[Tagging] Toll enforcement devices

Tom Pfeifer t.pfeifer at computer.org
Sat Mar 14 00:31:23 UTC 2015

OsmAnd was telling me that I was passing a toll_booth on a German motorway,
however it was just one of the camera bridges operated by TollCollect,
and applicable only for toll:hgv=yes. However toll is not collected when
passing this point, it is collected for using a certain road segment.

Checking the wiki I found the tagging for toll technology quite underdeveloped,
or do I miss something?

https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag%3Abarrier%3Dtoll_booth limits
the use for "A place where a road usage toll or fee is collected",
which is semantically fine and therefore does not apply to those bridges, which
would be enforcement devices rather collection stations. You pay at terminals

Thus my next stop was https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Relation:enforcement
but, interestingly, it does not know yet about toll at all, yet.

The fix seems to be simple, add enforcement=toll to the enforcement relation,
and tag those bridges as devices. A bit trickier might the from/to nodes
in the relation, the easiest would be just two nodes along the way under the
bridge in proximity to indicate to which carriageway the camera belongs.

I know that there are other countries where toll is collected the moment
you pass under such camera bridges, thus for those cases barrier=toll_booth
seems to be correct.

barrier=toll_booth also seems to be abused for tagging paying stations for
parking fees, this seems inappropriate as well? Seems to be vending=parking_tickets.


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