[Talk-us] Maxweight in the USA

Mike Thompson miketho16 at gmail.com
Mon Nov 2 22:50:59 UTC 2015

The number of places to the right of the decimal separator has meaning, it
indicates the precision of the value. Thus
80,000 lbs <> 36.28739 metric tons, even though that is what the
mathematical conversion produces. To say that the two are equal implies
that the state has equipment (weigh bridges / truck scales) which can
detect changes of as little as 0.02 pounds in a fully loaded semitrailer
truck and that they actually care about such small variations (a change in
the fifth digit to the right of the decimal of a metric ton value = 0.2
pounts). One of the great things about OSM is that it does support multiple
units.  Writing a parser to read the value of an OSM tag and convert to a
common unit is easy to do for the data consumer (having just done it with
the height tag).
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