[Tagging] when should highway=centreline be used?

Gerd Petermann GPetermann_muenchen at hotmail.com
Wed Oct 28 14:00:04 UTC 2015

I think this is why I don't like to cycle along roads with closed white lines.

Many car drivers seem to think that it is the larger sinn to cross the white line

than to overtake with too small safety distance to the cyclist ;-)


Von: Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl>
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 28. Oktober 2015 14:44
An: tagging at openstreetmap.org
Betreff: Re: [Tagging] when should highway=centreline be used?

On 2015-10-28 13:58, Philip Barnes wrote:

On Wed Oct 28 10:51:34 2015 GMT, Colin Smale wrote:

In the UK a double white line does not mean no overtaking - it means
don't cross the line (except in certain circumstances). Overtaking of
one motorcycle by another motorcycle is not in itself prohibited by the
double white line. The exception for overtaking slow moving vehicles
basically only works for bicycles, horses and road maintenance vehicles
moving at less than 10mph.

And quite a lot of tractors, mostly older ones that are run by smallholders and enthusiasts.

You can only use them as an excuse to cross the double white lines if they are stationary or if it is to avoid an accident...

The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002, section 26 paragraph 6:

(6) Nothing in paragraph (2)(b) shall be taken to prohibit a vehicle from being driven across, or so as to straddle, the continuous line referred to in that paragraph, if it is safe to do so and if necessary to do so-

(a)to enable the vehicle to enter, from the side of the road on which it is proceeding, land or premises adjacent to the length of road on which the line is placed, or another road joining that road;

(b)in order to pass a stationary vehicle;

(c)owing to circumstances outside the control of the driver;

(d)in order to avoid an accident;

(e)in order to pass a road maintenance vehicle which is in use, is moving at a speed not exceeding 10 mph, and is displaying to the rear the sign shown in diagram 610 or 7403;

(f)in order to pass a pedal cycle moving at a speed not exceeding 10 mph;

(g)in order to pass a horse that is being ridden or led at a speed not exceeding 10 mph; or

(h)for the purposes of complying with any direction of a constable in uniform or a traffic warden.

Phil (trigpoint)

On 2015-10-28 11:37, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:

2015-10-28 10:58 GMT+01:00 Philip Barnes <phil at trigpoint.me.uk<mailto:phil at trigpoint.me.uk>>:

* that overtaking is forbidden
True, but exceptions allow you to overtake slow moving vehicles.

in Germany the reason is, that "overtaking" very slow moving vehicles is not considered "overtaking", but it considered avoiding obstacles (or sth similar).


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