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Using this tag is discouraged, use service=parking_aisle, service=drive-through or service=alley instead. Edit or translate this description.
Group: Highways
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
Status: deprecated


A driveway is a minor service road providing access from the highway to an offstreet area used for driving, servicing, parking, or otherwise accommodating motor vehicles.

The definition differs from the service=driveway definition which defines a minor service road leading to a specific property. The definition does not apply to service ways that forms the "trunk" or perimeter of the parking area connecting to parking aisles.


Use this tag on ways in conjunction with highway=service on a driveway, except in cases where other service tags more accurately define the function of the way such as service=parking_aisle, service=drive-through or service=alley.


This tag was introduced in 2021 by one mapper on over 3,000 ways in response to a dispute about whether service=driveway should be tagged on a wider variety of service roads, such as parking lot access roads, that may or may not be considered "driveways" according to various definitions of the term in English. For example, California state law has defined "driveway" broadly for certain purposes since 1971 [1], and Cambridge and Oxford dictionaries define "driveway" as a minor service way connecting to any building, whereas some other dictionaries define the term more narrowly. (The UK legislature does not define driveways nor utilise such definitions.)

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