Proposed features/Checkpoint

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Status: Abandoned (inactive)
Proposed by: Ojw
Tagging: man_made=Checkpoint
Drafted on:
Proposed on: 2007-05-21


a tag to indicate that some special permission is required to get past this point, for example

  • country borders
  • entrances to military bases/industrial sites/restricted areas
  • weigh bridges on roads?


key=amenity value=checkpoint



Use similar symbol in different colour for toll booths?


  • How about highway=checkpoint instead of introducing a new tag name? It would fit well with the existing highway=toll_booth and highway=gate tags. FYI, I'd also like to see a highway=barrier tag for points on roads where further through progress is prevented dispite the road continuing on the other side - for example a permanently locked gate or fence on a discontinued entrance. MikeCollinson 17:41, 7 June 2007 (BST)
    • highway=checkpoint sounds much better to me. sadam 21:29, 10 January 2008 (UTC)
  • Could this be extended to cover major checkpoints, like border controls, by use of auxilary tags? ShakespeareFan00 11:57, 23 October 2007 (BST)
    • Just wondering what the current state of the proposal is. I would definitely need a checkpoint feature in some way. I would, however, agree with those who suggested highway=checkpoint. Is there any progress in implementing this? Jotam (talk) 17:27, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
  • i think this should not be man_made. some checkpoints have very little in the way of physical infrastructure, so this is erroneous. maybe amenity? Myfanwy 20:17, 10 January 2008 (UTC)
  • should this better be included in the barriers proposal? -- Ulfl 21:47, 10 January 2008 (UTC)
to be honest, barriers seems a bit redundant. if there's a barrier in the road, it becomes either two roads, with no join between them (maybe foot), or a gate. gate is a physical thing (may be legal also). this is legal, so differentMyfanwy 04:17, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
Well, please read the barrier proposal before judging it (e.g. it includes gate)! - Ulfl 02:22, 29 January 2008 (UTC)
  • There are already gates which I use to denote barriers too, with or without booths. Does a checkpoint mean there is a barrier too? -- Steelman 22:05, 10 January 2008 (UTC)
a legal barrier, yes. some legal requirement must be satisfied to pass. there may not actually be a gate or other physical barrier, but there may be someone with a gun or a book full of traffic tickets. they are entirely independent Myfanwy 04:17, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
  • I don't think a checkpoint is an amenity. Would you travel to it for its own sake? What service or resource does it supply in its own right? It seems to be something to (eventually) pass through. I think highway=checkpoint makes more sense. Does anyone know of a checkpoint on a railway? Chillly 22:35, 10 January 2008 (UTC)
i would imagine there are lots - whenever the railway crosses a border, passports will need to be checked; i remember this happening between france and germany in the 80s when i was on a train. yes, i would travel there for the sake of it, otherwise i wouldn't be able to get to the other country - the checkpoint is a necessary step to get to my objective, and highway doesn't make much sense as it's not actually any part of the highway, and nothing else seems to fit Myfanwy 04:12, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
  • How about checkpoints for only some traffic, not all? For example, a checkpoint where all live-stock vehicles must stop and be checked (for vaccinations, pests etc) while ordinary traffic can flow freely. Or a Heavy Vehicle checkpoint/weighbooth. Can we cover those with this tag, or should they have a separate tag of some sort? DancingFool 00:10, 11 January 2008 (UTC)
  • IMO most checkpoints would be on roads, so if it was a POINT, then highway=checkpoint would be fine. I would recommend if it's a building it should be 'amenity=customs_post', 'building=yes', if it was a point it should be directly on the road (as there would be a physical barrier) highway=customs_post should be used. --acrosscanadatrails 09:38, 15 January 2009 (UTC)
Correction, would show that amenity=border_checkpoint, and highway=land_border?? --acrosscanadatrails 09:44, 15 January 2009 (UTC)
Please keep "customs" out of this. I live far away from any borders, all the checkpoints here are entry gates to industrial areas. No customs, but checkpoints! --Lulu-Ann 13:35, 16 January 2009 (UTC)
Interesting, IMO (in Canada) at any entry to an industrial area, i would tag it as a type of "security=gate", or to break it down. ... a security 'gate' and a 'customs place' are both types of 'checkpoints' ... in a relay race, you would have 'checkpoints' see Wiki Checkpoint. ... so maybe check point can be the main feature type, and we can ':' all the types of it. ... or something like that? --acrosscanadatrails 23:14, 17 January 2009 (UTC)
  • You can also have checkpoints on rivers. That might be a barrier across the stream, someone in a speedboat, or a gun battery by the side of the river. I imagine such checkpoints exist whenever a river crosses an international frontier (like the River Nile) but also when travelling in territory controlled by the army or a local warlord. I'd want to distinguish those sorts of crossings from the security guard on entering a factory. I quite like 'security=' as decribing a place where a certain check happens, rather than the physical infrastructure. That also allows a separate way to describe whether a fee is payable (a toll or a bribe). Proboscis 11:25, 8 April 2010 (UTC).