[Talk-GB] hgv=unsuitable?

Craig Loftus craigloftus+osm at googlemail.com
Fri Sep 9 10:31:07 BST 2011

A search shows up 2 proposals that might also be of interest, although
they both seem a little insane to me.

(RFC start: 2011-04-26)
(RFC start: 2009-07-09)

The 1st proposal would translate your first example to something like:
access:hgv.usage=yes; access:hgv.limited=yes

And I'm sure I would cover the 2nd example but I can't figure out how!

The 2nd doesn't seem insane enough to meet your first example, and for
the 2nd would use something like: access:width>2 = destination

If it isn't already clear, I provide these proposals for information
purposes only and it should not be taken as an endorsement to populate
the land with tags like "access:lgv!school_zone.time=Mo,We


On 9 September 2011 09:13, Ed Loach <ed at loach.me.uk> wrote:
> Colin asked:
>> Is there any accepted tagging standard for the ubiquitous
>> "Unsuitable
>> for HGVs" (white text on blue background)? So it's not illegal for
>> HGVs,
>> just ill-advised. So it's a bit like "hgv=destination" in that you
> don't
>> want to be there unless there's no reasonable alternative, but it
> is
>> signed differently and probably not legally enforcable. I thought
>> simply
>> using "hgv=unsuitable" would fit nicely for this. Similarly
>> "psv=unsuitable" if there is a sign "Unsuitable for
> buses/coaches",
>> or
>> even "motor_vehicle=unsuitable" for "Unsuitable for motor
>> vehicles". Any
>> thoughts?
> My first post to the newbies email list in 2008 asked about the
> "Unsuitable for motor vehicles" sign I had encountered and how to
> tag it. I got no response. It seems that about 8 months later I
> decided just to add motor_vehicle=unsuitable to the way in
> question...
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/way/26551700/history
> Banoffee asked a similar question on the help website recently, and
> they decided just to use note=
> http://help.openstreetmap.org/questions/6287/unsuitable-for-vehicles
> -text-sign
> which is what I suggested when I started this wiki page
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Road_signs_in_the_United_Kingdom
> two days before I added the motor_vehicle=unsuitable tag mentioned
> above.
>> How about "width limit 6'6" except for access"? Applications like
>> truck
>> routing will need to distinguish these from the straight maxwidth
>> roads.
>> How about "maxwidth:throughtraffic=6'6" ? Or "maxwidth=6'6" +
>> "maxwidth:destination=none"?
> This is a good question - I think I prefer the latter of your two
> suggestions. If you have a photo of the sign it might be worth
> adding to the examples section on the UK road signs wiki page, along
> with whatever tags you settle on after discussion here. A Google
> search ("except for access" site:openstreetmap.org) suggests that
> "except for access" appears in a number of note fields and a few
> description fields (plus the odd changeset comment).
> http://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/search?q=except+for+access#values
> suggests there is one occurrence of "maxweight=7.5 except for
> access", but note is much more common currently.
> Ed
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