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Benelux Editing Speed Limits

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Benelux announcement:

The information on these pages is adapted to the situation and working of Waze in the countries of the BeNeLux. At the top of the page you can select the language of your choice. Pages that are not updated within the last half year may be out of date. Please do not change anything without consulting the local team. Any questions, remarks or ideas are welcome in this forum.


Waze has enabled Speed Limits in the editor (WME). This function was activated in the Waze app (4.0).

Guidelines for the (new) editor

  • Make sure you’re using the correct units for the speed limits! You can switch between Imperial and Metric by clicking on the tab with the ‘Gear’ icon, on the left column in the Waze Map Editor. The Gear icon is only visible when no segment or place is selected.
  • Adding Speed Limits must be based on certainties. You should be familiar with the area where you add them. Please do not enter Speed Limits when you are not 100% sure.
  • The 'normal speed limit' is the speed limit that is applicable when there is no other signage present.
  • For some segments a 'Verified' check box is visible next to the speed limits field(s) in WME. Waze has run a program to predict speed limits. These predictions have been assign to segments. If you can verify that the speed limit shown is correct, check the Verified box. If you find it to be incorrect, correct the fields (there is no need to check the Verified box). Either way, after saving verified or corrected values, WME will stop displaying the check box. Important, unverified speeds are ignored by the app!

How to

Cutting segments to add speed limits

  • Enter the correct speed limit for each separate segment.
  • Try to cut the segment as close to actual point of speed limit-change.
  • When speed limit changes close to an existing junction node, it might be better not to cut.
    Keep in mind that segments should be at least 20m long.
    In some cases this length might even be longer, try to take the intent behind the placement of road signs into account.
  • Street names have to remain unchanged to allow for correct guidance.

Locked segments and segments with closures

  • Some segments are locked at a higher level. These locks are in place to protect the map (for routing and special situations).
  • Segments with closures can’t be edited, so it is impossible to add a Speed Limits while the lock is in place. Editors with closure permissions have a procedure to add Speeds anyway.

Because it takes less effort to do the edit without having to unlock or remove a closure, it is better to simply request for the change.

These requests can be made through the known Benelux community communication channels. Information to provide: Permalink (How to make a permalink), Required speed limit (with directions) and if applicable, also add cutting instructions.

Private Roads

  • For Private Road segments the speed limit fields are unavailable.
  • However if you temporarily change the type to Street, speed limits can be added. Switch back to Private Road before saving. The speed limits will be active in the app.

Roundabouts

Add the highest speed of the connected roads that have the same road type as the roundabout. If unclear use the default speed of the current zone.

Reduced speed zones

A reduced speed zone has a restricted speed in a well defined area.

  • Care should be taken defining the boundaries of such zones.
  • In Belgium a school safety zone is a special application of a Zone 30. These zones can be marked by a permanent or dynamic ‘zone 30’ sign. In both cases the lowest speed must be entered.

Highways with MTM (Motorway Traffic Management)

A system that is used to regulate traffic by changing the speed limit with electronic speed signs.

  • The normal speed limit (maximum) must be entered.

Dynamic maximum speeds

In The Netherlands the speed limit on some Highways is dynamic. The speed limit changes according to the time of day, situation, ...

  • Normally, no speed limit must be entered.
  • Some exceptions are posted in this Waze forum post.

Tips & tricks

  • When you are not sure about a certain edit to add a Speed Limit, contact your country managers. They can use the edit as an example for all editors.
  • Do not include multiple road types in one selection or the speed limit text boxes will disappear.
  • Existing Speed Cameras can be used as reference points. The speed at these points has been confirmed when the Cameras were added.

WME scripts

Before you can use WME scripts, you should install a userscript add-on for your browser. The following link explains how to do that.

  • WME Speedhelper (Link)
    Designed to simplify the input of the speed limits
  • WME Speeds (Link)
    Shows the Speed Limit of each segment using a color code. Can be used to visualise where Speed Limits have been added.
  • Street Vector Layer (Link)
    Can be used to show the segments that already have speed-information.
    Click on ‘Street Vector’ at the bottom of the screen to bring up the configuration display.
  • WME Color Highlights (Link)
    Version 2.3 (and later) supports highlighting of segments without verified speed limits.

L3+ WME script

To use this script an advanced knowlegde of editing is required.

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  • WME Route Speeds (Link)
    • Do not use this method as a primary source of information, only as an aid! Use for longer stretches of segments.
    • Helps to get an indication of the real speed limit.
    • Can help to determine where a change in the speed limit might occur.
      Try to avoid periods with heavy traffic (peak hours) and look in both directions.


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