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Records the source for a speed limit, either a sign, a context (default limit) or a speedlimit zone Edit or translate this description.
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The source:maxspeed=* tag records the source of a road's maximum speed limit as provided in the maxspeed=* tag to assist with verifiability and maintenance. This may be a sign giving a numeric maximum speed, or a 'zone' from which the appropriate numeric speed limit can be determined by knowledge of local traffic laws.

How to tag

See also: Speed limits
  • sign (where the speed limit is defined by a numeric sign.)
  • markings (where the speed limit is defined by painted road markings.)
  • <country_code>:<context> (where the speed limit is defined by a particular context, for example urban/rural/motorway/etc., and no maxspeed is signposted)

Do not use <country_code>:<context> where there are signs that are prescribing the same maxspeed as the default.


An urban road in Italy would be tagged:

Where the speed limit is indicated by special speed limits signposted at the zone boundaries they can be tagged as follows:

other (less recommended) variations

  • maxspeed=30 and source:maxspeed=DE:zone - Proposed by a discussion on a mailing list citation needed (used 4k times in May 2014), usage stagnating according to taginfo history (5779 as of 3/2017)
  • maxspeed=30 and source:maxspeed=zone - Proposed in the discussion of this page (analogously to other not country and speed-specific values like sign and markings) (usage stagnating, 1,8k as of 3/2017)

Country-specific exceptions

In some areas, default maxspeeds are not uniform in the whole country, in these cases simply use more refined codes referring to the area.


There are three relevant regions (different default rural or urban maxspeed), Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels-Capital Region, with these ISO codes: source:maxspeed=BE-VLG:..., source:maxspeed=BE-WAL:... and source:maxspeed=BE-BRU:.... Flanders and Brussels have a lower default rural speed limit (70 km/h) compared to Wallonia (90 km/h). The Brussels-Capital Region has a lower urban speed limit (30 km/h) compared to Flanders and Wallonia (50 km/h)[1].

United Kingdom

The U.K. community uses the key maxspeed:type=* and, in general, reserves this tag to describe how the maxspeed was determined with values comparable to the main source=*. The issue being that if source:maxspeed is used for the type of speed limit there is no tag to describe how the data were acquired. The UK has a specific sign meaning "speed restriction lifted, national speed limit applies" where the actual speed will depend on the road type (single or dual carriageway). Some U.K. use source:maxspeed=* to tag the source of the information as for other tags of the form source:*. After prolonged discussion of this point on talk-gb resulted in agreement to use source:maxspeed for the data source (survey, Open Data, etc) and maxspeed:type=* for the information described on this page. This usage is more consistent with the general pattern of tagging. It also resolved a conflict about how unsigned national speed limits should be tagged.

Note that this section applies to the United Kingdom as a whole (not Great Britain alone).

Context Specific Values (Default Limits)

As described above the source:maxspeed=* may use context specific values, such as where a road is unsigned and a "default" maxspeed value in-force by legislation / law applies.

source:maxspeed=* should not be used alone, and should be used with maxspeed=*, as the source does not imply a specific maxspeed value. Excluding certain situations in Romania and Russia a numerical value is preferred (refer to maxspeed=*).

Urban Rural Miscellaneous Comment
source:maxspeed=* implied value source:maxspeed=* implied value source:maxspeed=* implied value
AR AR:urban 40 AR:rural 110
AR:urban:primary 60
AR:urban:secondary 60
AT AT:urban 50 AT:rural 100 AT:bicycle_road 30
AT:trunk 100
AT:motorway 130
AU AU:urban 50 or 60 in NT

(Northern Territory)

AU:rural 100 or 110 in NT & WA

(Northern Territory & Western Australia)

  • Default (unsigned) speed limit in built-up areas is 50km/h in all states and mainland territories excluding the Northern Territory, where it is 60km/h.
  • Default (unsigned) speed limit outside of urban built-up areas (such as suburbs or towns) is 100km/h in all states and mainland territories excluding the Northern Territory and Western Australia, where it is 110km/h.
  • Signed speed limits exceeding the defaults may apply, and this applies only to the states and mainland territories.
BE BE-VLG:urban 50 BE-VLG:rural 70 BE:living_street 20
  • BE-VLG: Flanders
  • BE-WAL: Wallonia
  • BE-BRU: Brussels-Capital Region
BE:bicycle_road 30
BE:school 30
BE-WAL:urban 50 BE-WAL:rural 90 BE:zone30 30
(BE:zone) (*)
BE-BRU:urban 30 BE-BRU:rural 70 BE:trunk 120
BE:motorway 120
BG BG:urban 50 BG:rural 90 BG:trunk 120
BG:motorway 140
BY BY:urban 60 BY:rural 90 BY:living_street 20
BY:motorway 110
CH CH:urban[2] 50 CH:rural 80 CH:trunk 100
CH:motorway 120
CZ CZ:urban 50 CZ:rural 90 CZ:pedestrian_zone 20
CZ:living_street 20
CZ:urban_motorway 80
CZ:urban_trunk 80
CZ:trunk 110
CZ:motorway 130
DE DE:urban 50 DE:rural 100 DE:living_street 7
  • There is no speed limit for DE:motorway [3].
DE:bicycle_road 30
DE:motorway none
DK DK:urban 50 DK:rural 80 DK:motorway 130
EE EE:urban 50 EE:rural 90
ES ES:urban 50 ES:living_street 20
ES:urban (50)

30km/h on unpaved roads

ES:zone30 30
ES:trunk 90
ES:motorway 120
FI FI:urban 50 FI:rural 80 FI:trunk 100
FI:motorway 120
FR FR:urban 50 FR:rural 80 FR:zone30 30
FR:motorway 130 / 110 (raining)
GB GB:motorway 70 mph
  • Note this applies to Great Britain Only, use of "UK:" terminology is preferred.
  • Measured in Miles per Hour.
GB:nsl_dual 70 mph
GB:nsl_single 60 mph
GR GR:urban 50 GR:rural 90 GR:trunk 110
GR:motorway 130
HU HU:urban 50 HU:rural 90 HU:living_street 20
HU:trunk 110
HU:motorway 130
IT IT:urban 50 IT:rural 90 IT:trunk 110
IT:motorway 130
JP JP:nsl 60
JP:express 100
LT LT:urban 50 LT:rural 90
NO NO:urban 50 NO:rural 80
ON ON:urban 50 ON:rural 80
PH PH:urban 30 PH:rural 80 PH:motorway 100
  • Buses and trucks subject to lower speed limits (60 km/h in motorways[4], 50 km/h in rural areas)
  • Cars and motorcycles in urban areas subject to higher speed limits only in designated through streets or boulevards without blind corners (40 km/h).
  • Places classified as "crowded streets" by local government units, areas close to intersections at blind corners and passing school zones have a speed limit of 20 km/h regardless of motor vehicle type.
  • Local government units may assign lower speed limits[5]
PT PT:urban 50 PT:rural 90 PT:trunk 100
PT:motorway 120
RO RO:urban 50 RO:rural 90 RO:trunk 100
RO:motorway 130
RS RS:urban 50 RS:rural 80 RS:living_street 30
RS:trunk 100
RS:motorway 130
RU RU:urban 60 RU:rural 90 RU:living_street 20
RU:motorway 110
SE SE:urban 50 SE:rural 70 SE:trunk 90
SE:motorway 110
SI SI:urban 50 SI:rural 90 SI:trunk 110
SI:motorway 130
SK SK:urban 50
UA UA:urban 50 UA:rural 90 UA:living_street 20
UA:trunk 110
UA:motorway 130
UK UK:nsl_restricted 30 mph
UK:nsl_single (60 mph)

50 mph (vehicles towing caravans or trailers, buses and minibuses up to 12m, HGV)

UK:nsl_dual (70 mph)

60 mph (vehicles towing caravans or trailers, buses and minibuses up to 12m, HGV

UK:motorway (70 mph)

60 mph (vehicles towing caravans or trailers, HGV)

  • This applies to the United Kingdom inclusive of Great Britain.
  • Measured in Miles per Hour

UK:motorway 70 mph
UK:nsl_dual 70 mph
UK:nsl_single 60 mph
UZ UZ:urban 70 UZ:rural 100 UZ:living_street 30
UZ:motorway 110

See also

  • maxspeed:type=* - One of two ways to specify the type of speed limit
  • zone:maxspeed=* - Used to mark streets which are part of a maxspeed zone
  • zone:traffic=* - Describes if a public road is in a specific trafficzone
  2. This value seems unnecessary, since the speed limit of 50 km/h in urban areas is always signed at the entrance of the settlement by road sign 2.30.1.
  3. 130 km/h is the recommended maximum speed on motorways, as indicated by a square blue sign (round blue sign = minimum speed). Many sections of the German motorway network are now covered by speed limits, usually ranging from 80 to 130 km/h (140 km/h as speed limit is being tested in Lower Saxony -some politicians are against it, because 140 km/h is over the recommended maximum speed, depending on local conditions (i.e., frequent traffic, terrain, etc.). It is usual for drivers involved in crashes who were exceeding the 'recommended' speed limit to be held to be at least partly at fault, regardless of the circumstances of the crash, and insurance companies have the right to withhold payment. Already more than 50% Autobahns now have a (partially variable) speed limit. Vehicles also must be able to go faster than 60 km/h. Roughly 30% of german Autobahn have permanent limits. An additional 17% have at least partial limits depending on time, weather or traffic. Study on the speed limit on german Autobahn. Archived 25 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. Refer to the Toll Regulatory Board website
  5. Refer to Section II (D) (1) of Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2018-001, accessible via the Department of Transportation website