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Access permission for heavy goods vehicle; in most countries goods vehicles with a permissible maximum mass over 3.5 tonnes Edit or translate this description.
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Legal access restriction for  Heavy goods vehicles.

Use maxspeed:hgv=* to tag a speed limit that only applies to heavy good vehicles.

Common values

Around the world

In most countries, heavy goods vehicles are goods vehicles (goods=*) with a maximum allowed weight above 3.5 tonnes.

The maximum allowed weight, also known as the  gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or gross vehicle mass (GVM) is the maximum permitted weight of the vehicle at full load, as specified by the manufacturer. Note that not all countries (explicitly) differentiate between light and heavy goods vehicles. Also, a few countries do not follow the UNECE resolution on vehicle classes (see  Vehicle categories) and establish a different weight than 3.5 (metric) tonnes:

  • Australia: 4.5 tonnes[1]
  • United states and Puerto Rico: 10,001 pounds (=4.536 tonnes)[2]
  • Bolivia: a load capacity of 2.5 tonnes[3]
  • Japan: maximum allowed weight >= 8 tonnes or load capacity >= 5 tonnes; for regulating smaller trucks, additional signs based on load capacity are used (see below).

Tagging Examples

Zeichen 253 - Verbot für Kraftfahrzeuge mit einem zulässigen Gesamtgewicht, StVO 1992.svgFinland road sign 313 (1995–2020).svgSADC road sign R229.svgMUTCD R5-2.svg hgv=no
Zeichen 266 - Verbot für Fahrzeuge und Züge über angegebene Länge einschließlich Ladung, StVO 1992.svgFinland road sign 343.svg3.15 Russian road sign.svgSADC road sign R205.svg maxlength=10

Even though a goods vehicle is depicted, usually the sign applies to all vehicles. Otherwise, it would be maxlength:hgv=10.

Nederlands verkeersbord F21.svgSADC road sign R123.svgC12acr.jpgSeñal r406 camiones.svg access=no


MUTCD R14-4.svg MUTCD R14-1.svg hgv=designated
GermanySADC road sign R230.svgUK traffic sign 622.1A.svgVorschriftszeichen 7a Gewicht.svg use maxweightrating:hgv=*

This is not a weight restriction (like Zeichen 262 - Verbot für Fahrzeuge deren tatsächliches Gewicht eine gewisse Grenze überschreitet (600x600); StVO 1992.svg), but a restriction for goods vehicles with a maximum allowed weight above the depicted value!

Belgian road sign GVIIa.jpg

Belgium only.

goods:conditional=no @ (weight>2.0) and hgv:conditional=no @ (weight>2.0)
No entry for vehicles used for goods transport above a specific mass. The maximum allowed laden mass is indicated using a sign underneath.
Note that in Belgium it is the laden mass that is indicated by sign underneath the goods/hgv sign, and not the maximum allowed weight.

Japan road sign 305 and 503-C.svg In Japan, truck signs only regulate much larger trucks (see above); additional signs with a kanji character "積", which means load, are very common for regulating smaller trucks.

goods:conditional=no @ (loadcapacity>=3.0)
Note that the mass indicated is the load capacity registered for the vehicle, and not the current load, the total weight, nor the maximum allowed weight.

Possible synonyms

truck=* which is mostly used in combination with amenity=* and motorcar=*, i.e. for shops, car wash, service stations etc.

See also