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A way that is an emergency access road 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 nodesmay be used on waysshould not be used on areasshould not be used on relations (except multipolygon relations)
Useful combination
Status: de facto

A way for emergency access, such as for firefighters to reach a building, for ambulances to shortcut through a roundabout, or for a police turnaround on a motorway.

When to use

The tag combination highway=service + service=emergency_access is used only for service roads that are an emergency access roads, for example:

  • A police turnaround on a motorway.
  • A shortcut through a roundabout for ambulances only.
  • An access road to the back of a gated residential complex that is used only by emergency responders as a shortcut.

Do not use service=emergency_access if other tags are more descriptive, for example:

In these cases, add emergency=designated to indicate that it is intended for use by emergency services. Also add access=no or access=private if other usage is prohibited. This information is especially important for routers. For example, routers have been known to suggest illegal U-turns at emergency crossovers along motorways in the absence of these access tags.

If the way is not built as a highway of any kind, consider fire_path=yes. See Fire Path for examples.

How to map

Add service=emergency_access to a way that already has the highway=service tag. Consider adding access permissions to the highway, such as access=no and emergency=designated, in case a data consumer understands access tags but not service=emergency_access.

Other highway-related keys such as surface=* may be useful as well.


See also