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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
Useful combination
Status: de facto

A way for emergency access, such as for firefighters to reach a building, ambulances to shortcut through a roundabout, or 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 community 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