[Tagging] highway=service // public road?

Yves yvecai at gmail.com
Wed May 23 14:51:32 UTC 2018

I always found it strange to find a driveway over a few kilometers in a mountainous area given the picture available in the wiki https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:service=driveway

Le 23 mai 2018 09:18:35 GMT+02:00, Florian Lohoff <f at zz.de> a Γ©crit :
>in the past 10 years or so my impression of a service road was that it
>is typically not a public road per se and not part of the other roads
>classifications. It is a piece of tarmac built for a specific purpose
>somebody not necessarily the public authorities. The public most likely
>does not have a right of way although this might need additional
>I now see increasing usage of service roads as a category below
>unclassified. People tagging "smaller roads" in the countryside
>as a service roads. 
>I find this a little disturbing and now got into an argument whereas
>my position is the above - broken down into my more strict language:
>- If the public has a right of way
>- The road is build/run by public authorities
>- Its not something obvious like a parking space
>- It cant be service
>It might not fit 100% everywhere, but no rule without its exception.
>The Argument of the usage is:
>- It only serves as access to a single house/company/farm.
>IMHO It should be driveway (Where there is no right of way and no name)
>when its not in public ownership, or unclassified with all the
>bells and whistles like a name, maxspeed etc.
>To find those roads in my QA tools i dump/highlight roads which
>are highway=service and carry a name. The argument behind this is that
>at least in Germany only official public roads get names in a process
>called "Widmung" 1) - So if it carries a name, either the name has
>been copied (E.g. people copying the residentials name to all
>or somebody has "downgraded" a public road to a service.
>So i am asking where my misconception is:
>- Is service a street category below unclassified/residential?
>- Does a service road typically have a right of way for the public?
>- Is service usage "just because there is only one house/company/farm"
>  valid? 
>1) https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stra%C3%9Fenwidmung
>Florian Lohoff                                                 f at zz.de
>             UTF-8 Test: The 🐈 ran after a 🐁, but the 🐁 ran away

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