[Tagging] How to tag a weigh station / bridge ?

Gerd Petermann GPetermann_muenchen at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 29 15:40:57 UTC 2015

Well, the word amenity seems to imply some kind of pleasure (at least the translations that I found do so),

I don't see any fun in using it ;-)

You are right, man_made is also not very good.

What about highway[,railway]=service,service=weighbridge   ?

Von: Colin Smale <colin.smale at xs4all.nl>
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 29. Oktober 2015 15:41
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What's wrong with amenity? A weighbridge IS often an amenity, in the sense that people can make use of it as they require to help them stay within the law, for example. The man_made tag is a complete last resort - just about everything we map is man-made. Lets try and get a bit closer to tagging based on function and role.


On 2015-10-29 15:14, Gerd Petermann wrote:

I agree that I was very surprised to see that amenity=weighbridge is documented

in the wiki.

I also don't like the idea that it is a some kind of highway, so


seems to be the new favorite.

Von: Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com>
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 29. Oktober 2015 12:17
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On 29/10/2015 9:39 PM, Gerd Petermann wrote:

Hi all,

the wiki documents

amenity=weighbridge  (taginfo reports 386 uses)


I would NOT use amenity!

And status=in_use? less than 400 total.

Besides several different spellings like

amenity=weigh_bridge (8), weightbridge (3) ,...

and other similar tags like

amenity=weigh_station (21)


I've found several nodes or ways tagged e.g.

highway=weigh_station (60)

highway=weighbridge (9)

man_made=weighbridge (44)

man_made=weigh_bridge (6)

man_made=weighing_scale (4)

man_made=weighting_machine (1)

and further spelling variatons.

Of the above I would prefer


Can be applied to railways, highways with equal ease. And yes both railways and highways have them.

A weighting scale, machine may be for postal items, personal scales... a weighbridge is for vehicles.

weight_sensor=yes (1)

weight_bridge (1)

I would think the critical things would be the weight limit and the weight resolution.
Not what kind of sensor is employed.

I guess most of them describe the same thing.

It would be great to have a tool which allows to contact

all mappers that used the different versions and ask

them to  check if the most often used tag is matching.

Do we have a tool like that ? If not, would it be welcomed?

Need to be careful not to support spam!
Other than that .. yes, would make contact easier .. but a discussion page would be better rather than private emails?

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