[Tagging] Is it possible to have highway=unclassified with ref tag?

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Mon May 7 21:39:36 UTC 2018

Dave ... careful with the use of logic where OSM tagging is concerned.

The road values come from the UK system, and need to be adapted to other 
So 'unclassified' may be translated to some type of road in another part 
of the world that could carry a reference.

On 07/05/18 22:02, Dave Swarthout wrote:
> But when a highway has an officially assigned ref doesn't that define 
> it as "classified"? I don't have a large stake in this discussion but 
> it would seem to me that any road so ranked by the authorities should 
> not be tagged as unclassified.
> My 2 cents
> Dave
> On Sun, May 6, 2018 at 12:19 PM, Andrew Hain 
> <andrewhainosm at hotmail.co.uk <mailto:andrewhainosm at hotmail.co.uk>> wrote:
>     The use of the ref tag for highway authority road numbers is
>     controversial in the UK (no road with a signed number would be as
>     low as highway=unclassified). There may be better examples in
>     other countries.
>     --
>     Andrew
>     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
>     *From:* Philip Barnes <phil at trigpoint.me.uk
>     <mailto:phil at trigpoint.me.uk>>
>     *Sent:* 06 May 2018 13:28
>     *To:* tagging at openstreetmap.org <mailto:tagging at openstreetmap.org>
>     *Subject:* Re: [Tagging] Is it possible to have
>     highway=unclassified with ref tag?
>     On Sun, 2018-05-06 at 09:41 +0200, Mateusz Konieczny wrote:
>     > I am pretty sure that it is entirely possible to have
>     > highway=unclassified
>     > with officially assigned and posted ref number, but I wanted to
>     check
>     > whatever my edit on
>     https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3
>     <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:highway%3>
>     > Dunclassified
>     > was correct.
>     It is certainly possible, in the UK all public highways have a
>     reference number. For lower classifications these references are used
>     internally by Local Authorities and the references do not appear on
>     signs. The consensus is that only references that a visible should use
>     the ref tag in OSM.
>     For unsigned references we use official_ref and prow_ref which
>     will not
>     appear on the standard map but can be rendered on more specialised
>     maps.
>     Phil (trigpoint)

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