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How would I map a gas station that is part of a commercial-fueling network such as CFN? These are not gas stations open to the general public; rather, they're for truck drivers, heavy-equipment operators, and others who drive as part of their job.

I don't want to map it in a way that would cause it to show up in a general search for gas stations. There's a safety aspect here: these stations tend to show up in the same parts of the country as "Next gas: 75 miles" signs, and someone could easily wind up stranded after planning to fuel up at one of these.

asked 14 Oct '16, 06:53

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edited 15 Oct '16, 12:45

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aseerel4c26 ♦

This is a tricky issue. You can tag it as amenity=fuel and add an access=private tag to that but it will probably still show up as a normal fuel stop in many renderings and map applications.

We have a related problem here in Thailand where there are many tiny shops selling fuel by the bottle or pumped from a 55-gal drum. The only available tag is amenity=fuel which is used used for full-service fuel stations. I've come up with some extra tags and a special icon that cause those shops to display differently on my own custom maps but they still appear as normal fuel stations on many other maps ( and OSMand). At least if you arrive at one of these shops you can still purchase enough fuel to get to the next "real" fuel stop.

I suppose you could add something in the name tag to distinguish those stations but that sort of thing is, rightfully I believe, frowned upon by the OSM community.

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answered 14 Oct '16, 07:52

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