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Using this tag is discouraged, use motorcar=* instead. Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: restrictions
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodesshould not be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Status: deprecated

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This feature has been labeled as deprecated. The recommended replacement is: motorcar=*.
The reason is documented in Deprecated features. You are still free to continue to use or interpret this tag as you see fit since OpenStreetMap does not have “banned features”.
Under no circumstances should you (semi-)automatically change “deprecated” tags to something else in the database on a large scale without conforming to the automated edits code of conduct. Any such change will be reverted.

This tag was used mainly in connection with charging_station, with a value of yes or no to indicate whether the charging station was suitable for cars or not.

Sometimes this key was used as an Access tag, instead of motorcar=*.

However, the key motorcar=* is more common and it is recommended to use it, instead of this key.

Transition plan

Transition stats


Please help the community to transition from car=* to motorcar=* with the following tasks:


Task English Every other language Comment
Update amenity=charging wiki page yes yes
Update car=* wiki page yes yes
Update motorcar=* wiki page N/A N/A nothing special to add or change here
Update the deprecated features page yes N/A
Update every single page mentioning the car=* tag (listed here) yes N/A Every relevant page have been updated
Update car data item yes N/A
Update amenity=charging_station data item yes N/A
[Please add any documentation that might be relevant] N/A N/A
How to use this table ?


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Mission Task URL of the request Status Comment
Use motorcar instead of car in amenity=charging preset in every editors Update JOSM preset yes
Update ID preset N/A ID preset does not set the kind of vehicles that can be charged
Update Vespucci preset yes
Update OSM Contributor preset yes
Suggest to switch from car to motorcar in every Q/A tools Create an Osmose rule N/A Osmose already uses the wiki Template:Deprecated_features to create rules
Create a rule in JOSM/Validator preset yes
Create a rule in ID yes
Others Use motorcar in every relevant NSI entries no TODO
Use motorcar in every relevant Osmose open data integration yes only one, for whole France
[Please add any editor, tool or render that might be relevant] N/A N/A N/A
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Mechanical edits

France : done