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Highways with motorway-like access restrictions. Edit or translate this description.
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The motorroad tag is used to describe highways that have motorway-like access restrictions (i.e. cyclists and pedestrians banned) but that are not a motorway. Depending on the country, this may imply various access restrictions and other road properties.

Implied tags

In some regions presence of this key may be used to guess values of other tags. It may be foot=no, bicycle=no, moped=no, horse=no.


  • Italian traffic signs - strada riservata ai veicoli a motore.svg Motorroad (Dutch: autoweg, French: route pour automobiles). Looks like a motorway but it may have junctions and traffic signals. By definition: highway=* motorroad=yes. The highway value for motorroads is trunk most of the time. Conversely, not all roads that are mapped as trunk in Belgium are motorroads.

The implied tags on motorways and motorroads:

highway=motorway also implies minspeed=70, but motorroad=yes does not.


The implied tags on motorroads:

and others...


In Finland, the tag indicates whether a road is a Moottoriliikennetie.

Germany, Croatia

In Germany, the tag indicates whether a road is a wikipedia:de:Kraftfahrstraße (§18 StVO). Only motor vehicles which are be constructed to be able to drive faster than 60 km/h ("bauartbedingte Höchstgeschwindigkeit") are allowed.

  • minspeed=60 (vehicles needs to be constructed to be able to drive faster than 60, actually there is no minimum driving speed)
  • foot=no (implied by motor_vehicle)
  • bicycle=no (implied by motor_vehicle)
  • moped=no (implied by minspeed)
  • horse=no (implied by motor_vehicle)
  • agricultural=no agricultural vehicles are by definition slower than 25 km/h
  • parking:lane:both=no_stopping no reversing and no stopping except in case of emergency (emergency does not include needing to use a toilet or running out of fuel)
  • maxspeed=110 in Croatia only

Hong Kong

This indicates a road which is mainly built for motor vehicles, with motorway-like design, no footpath and pedestrian/bicycle/learners banned by presence of road sign but itself not a motorway.

However, if the road itself is in motorway-like design, but foot and bicycle are allowed on that, foot=yes/bicycle=yes may be added.


In Italy, the tag must be used when one of the following road signs is present:

Italian traffic signs - inizio strada extraurbana principale.svg or Italian traffic signs - strada extraurbana principale.svg (strada extraurbana principale)

Italian traffic signs - strada riservata ai veicoli a motore.svg (strada riservata ai veicoli a motore)

Italian traffic signs - limiti strada extraurbana principale.svg (a superstrada having the same access limits as a strada extraurbana principale)

The access restrictions for an italian motorway apply:

  • minspeed=80 (motorcars needs to be constructed to be able to drive faster than 80, actually there is no minimum driving speed)
  • foot=no (implied by motor_vehicle)
  • bicycle=no (implied by motor_vehicle)
  • mofa=no
  • moped=no
  • horse=no (implied by motor_vehicle)
  • agricultural=no
  • no access to motorcycles having a displacement smaller than 150 cm³
  • no access to sidecars having a displacement smaller than 250 cm³
  • no access to vehicles having a displacement smaller than 500 cm³
  • parking:lane:both=no_stopping
  • stopping=no
  • reverse=no


In the Netherlands this tag applies to all highway=trunk. w:nl:Autoweg


In Norway, Motortrafikkveg (prev Motorvei klasse B) is a property of a way when signed. Only used on trunk and primary and a few secondary. May or may not be a dual carriageway. Can be as little as two lanes. Default maxspeed=* is, like any other non-urban road, 80km/h. Other speeds will be signed. Access (Trafikkreglene §4-2): foot=no, bicycle=no, moped=no. There is no minspeed, but any vehicle must be able to drive at least 40km/h on a flat road.

There will be no driveways. No backing up or turning (Trafikkreglene §11-2). No stopping (Trafikkreglene §17-1-e). No parking (on any road with maxspeed higher than 50km/h).


In Spain, the tag indicates whether a road is an w:es:Autovía.


Key to be used only where the road sign is present(the white-on-blue automobile sign).

United Kingdom

You can use the key on British primary routes with motorway-like access restrictions signed or similar (according to GOV.UK Transport). Examples include the A40 Westway, the A12 between Wanstead and Hackney Wick, and the A13 between Dagenham Dock and Thurrock.

You need to add motorroad=* manually because all classes of traffic may use British primary routes by default.

Unless specified (such as the speed limits at the Blackwall Tunnel in London), the tag implies the following:

United States

Individual restrictions may vary by state, but this tag is generally used when a sign specifically designates a section of road (often over a bridge or through a tunnel) as exclusively for motor vehicles, non-motorized vehicles prohibited, or similar, when the road itself is not a freeway (highway=motorway). The following tags are generally implied:

Also see expressway=*, which is commonly used in the United States to tag a divided (dual-carriageway) highway with high-speed design features and limited access to adjacent properties.

How to map

Tag a highway that is a motorroad with motorroad=yes in addition to the highway tag, which will usually be highway=primary or highway=trunk. You may want to specify implied access restrictions explicitly.

Depending on interpretation, highway=trunk may imply motorroad=yes.

See also