I’ve been noticing many unattended petrol pumps around northern Thailand. I’m thinking these will probably eventually replace the little mom & pop petrol sellers where you buy gasoline from a hand pumped barrel or liter bottles.
I want to discuss how to tag these pumps so we can be consistent, at least in Thailand. There is a Wiki page http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:payment:coins already dedicated to payments of this type, so it’s just a matter of clarifying what we want to include. I have been photographing these stations for some time but regrettably have not tagged them in any special way except to use the tag “opening_hours=24/7” so hopefully I can use Overpass to find those and retag them after we conclude this discussion.
Now, I also must admit to not visiting one of these stations until yesterday when one of our group discovered he was running out of fuel on a notorious stretch of R 11 south of Lampang. I say notorious because there are no mapped petrol stations (as yet) between Lampang and Den Chai. We stopped and asked about fuel and were directed to one of these pumps. It is situated in Mae Long on route 1023 just west of R 11 . My friend bought 100 baht worth of gas and we were off again to Lampang. But I did not see a way to use either an ATM card or a credit card. This particular pump had the name “Singer” on it but I think that would be the same manufacturer who makes so many other vending machines in Thailand, Singer Thailand PCL. Other such pumps I’ve tagged display what I presume to be operator’s names on them, e.g., Red Oil, etc. My friend used a 100 baht note in this one and my photo indicates that it will also accept coins. (I have not put it on the map it as yet.)
Do any of you have experience using them? Can some accept debit or ATM cards? Credit cards?
To continue, the question is how should we tag these?
Obviously, amenity=fuel, but then
payment:notes=yes, OR better yet, seeing as it accepts both coins and notes, payment:cash=yes
I think opening_hours=24/7 would be correct but I’m not positive about that.
How about using a ref=* tag if the machine is located on a classified highway? The example for amenity=vending_machine possibly uses the ref tag in that way. I love this idea because then renderers would have a way to include some very useful information in the display in the future. Note too that we cannot use the tag amenity=vending_machine because we must give precedence to the tag amenity=fuel.