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Public-images-osm logo.svg zone:traffic = NL:rural
Nederlands verkeersbord H2.svg
Dutch rural traffic rules apply (buiten de bebouwde kom). Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
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Status: de facto

The tag zone:traffic=NL:rural describes that a road or path is located outside the built-up area (buiten de bebouwde kom, bubeko) according to the traffic regulations of the European part of the Netherlands (Reglement verkeersregels en verkeerstekens 1990, RVV 1990). This implies certain default traffic rules apply on that road or path.

The end of a built-up area and therefore the start of zone:traffic=NL:rural is indicated by traffic sign H2, a blue rectangular sign with the placename in white crossed out in white with a red stripe (shown in the infobox). This sign can be added as extra information as a node with traffic_sign=city_limit.

How to tag

Add zone:traffic=NL:rural to the ways of roads and paths outside the built-up area.

The only correct values of zone:traffic=* in the Netherlands are zone:traffic=NL:urban (binnen de bebouwde kom) and zone:traffic=NL:rural (buiten de bebouwde kom). Other 'zones' are indicated by different tags:

Situation Tagging
Nederlands verkeersbord G1.svg Motorway (autosnelweg) outside the built-up area
e.g. standard national through road (nationale stroomweg, SW120)
motorway=yes implied by highway=motorway or highway=motorway_link
Nederlands verkeersbord G3.svg Motorroad (autoweg) outside the built-up area
e.g. standard regional through road (regionale stroomweg, SW100)
- Non-motorway/non-motorroad outside the built-up area without signed speed limit
e.g. standard rural distributor road (gebiedsontsluitingsweg, GOW80)
maxspeed:type=NL:rural (optional)
Nederlands verkeersbord C9.svg Non-motorway/non-motorroad outside the built-up area closed (met geslotenverklaring) for all slow traffic
e.g. standard rural distributor road (gebiedsontsluitingsweg, GOW80)
Nederlands verkeersbord B1.svg Priority road (voorrangsweg) outside the built-up area zone:traffic=NL:rural
Netherlands traffic sign A1-60-ZB.svg 60 km/h zone (zone 60) outside the built-up area
e.g. standard rural access road (erftoegangsweg, ETW60)
maxspeed:type=NL:zone60 or zone:maxspeed=NL:60 (optional)

Note that maxspeed:type=NL:rural and zone:traffic=NL:rural have a different meaning. maxspeed:type=NL:rural is a road with the default rural speed limit (80 km/h), while zone:traffic=NL:rural is used on all roads outside the built-up area.

Possible speed limits

The scheme below indicates which speed limits for motor vehicles road operators are allowed to set outside the built-up area, based on the Uitvoeringsvoorschriften BABW inzake verkeerstekens. This may be helpful for mapping. Beware: these guidelines are occasionally violated in practice (usually for short segments).

maxspeed=* Nederlands verkeersbord G1.svg
Nederlands verkeersbord G3.svg
Other roads Nederlands verkeersbord G5.svg
130 default RVV art. 21 sub a disallowed disallowed impossible RVV art. 63b lid 1 sub c
120 road segments
100 default RVV art. 21 sub a
90 disallowed
80 road segments default RVV art. 21 sub a
70 danger spots only traffic lights only
60 disallowed road segments and danger spots
50 danger spots only
40 disallowed disallowed
30 road segments
20 disallowed
15 default RVV art. 45
10 disallowed

Default traffic rules

The following table attempts to provide an overview of all default traffic rules that apply inside the built-up area, to the extent these can be expressed as OSM tags.

Instructions for reading this table:

  • Explicit tags in OSM take precedence over fallback tags listed in this table.
  • The bottommost defined fallback value takes precedence over any previous definitions for the same key.
  • The table currently supports the following modes (and descendants according to the standard mode hierarchy):
  • access=*, oneway=*, maxspeed=*, and overtaking=* are assumed to apply to all modes, unless a mode-specific MODE=*, oneway:MODE=*, maxspeed:MODE=*, and overtaking:MODE=* indicate otherwise.
  • MODE=access means the mode-specific access is the same as the mode-independent access.
  • MODE=designated if access=yes else access means the mode-specific access is designated if the mode-independent access is yes, otherwise the mode-specific access is the same as the mode-independent access.
  • maxspeed:MODE=maxspeed means the mode-specific speed limit is the same as the mode-independent speed limit.
  • maxspeed:MODE=min(maxspeed, VALUE) means the mode-specific speed limit is either VALUE or the same as the mode-independent speed limit, whichever is more restrictive.
  • minspeed=VALUE means the vehicle must be able to reach the speed VALUE legally; it is not a minimum driving speed.
In this case
[if this JOSM filter is satisfied]
These fallback tags apply based on this citation from RVV 1990

Base zone rules


Additional rules without signed speed limit
[if ((-maxspeed=* OR maxspeed=80) AND (-maxspeed:type=* OR maxspeed:type=NL:rural)]

Nederlands verkeersbord G1.svg

Additional rules on a motorway (autosnelweg)
[if (motorway=yes OR highway=motorway OR (-motorway=* AND highway=motorway_link)) AND -motorroad=*]

Nederlands verkeersbord G3.svg

Additional rules on a motorroad (autoweg)
[if motorroad=yes]

Nederlands verkeersbord G5.svg

Additional rules on a living street (erf)
[if living_street=yes OR highway=living_street]

Nederlands verkeersbord G7.svg

Additional rules on a sidewalk (trottoir) or footway (voetpad)
[if highway=footway]

Nederlands verkeersbord G9.svg

Additional rules on a bridleway (ruiterpad)
[if highway=bridleway]

Nederlands verkeersbord G11.svg

Additional rules on a cycleway (fietspad) or cycle/mopedway (fiets/bromfietspad)
[if highway=cycleway]

Nederlands verkeersbord G12a.svg

Additional rules without signed speed limit on a cycle/mopedway (fiets/bromfietspad)
[if (-maxspeed=* OR maxspeed=80) AND (-maxspeed:type=* OR maxspeed:type=NL:rural) AND highway=cycleway]


Additional rules on a road with cycle lane (op een fietsstrook of op de rijbaan langs een fietsstrook)
[if cycleway=lane OR cycleway=opposite_lane OR cycleway:left=lane OR cycleway:right=lane OR cycleway:both=lane]

Nederlands verkeersbord L13.svg

Additional rules in a tunnel (in een tunnel)
[if tunnel=*]

Nederlands verkeersbord F1.svg

Additional rules if overtaking is prohibited
[if overtaking=no]

Nederlands verkeersbord F13.svg

Additional rules on a busway (busbaan)
[if highway=busway]