Photography Code of Conduct
As a society, we are grateful for the support all of the main operators have offered us as we go about our hobby. We ask that you return the same respect by abiding by the following instructions whenever you visit a service area to take photos or look at the history.
- Follow any instructions given by staff, contractors or emergency services.
- Most staff will be surprised to hear their workplace is your hobby. Be polite if they're curious - they may even be able to help you.
- People should not be made to feel uncomfortable in their own workplace. Be careful when taking pictures with staff in them. Neither staff nor customers may understand that you're only interested in the building!
- If you want to cross a road, use your common sense. Traffic leaving the motorway can be heavy and will not be expecting pedestrians.
- Avoid standing with your back to traffic.
- Never try to enter a room which is clearly not intended for public access without permission.
- Do not walk past the start/end of motorway signs or cross the motorway fence; it is illegal.
- We are not interested in photos of things such the back of a cash machine or a security system. Be wary if things like this are in the background of your shot because it is going to look odd.
- If you are taking pictures for professional reasons, you must inform the operator first. If you look like you're a professional (you might be using a DSLR or taking a long time), it is only fair that you do the same.
- If you are in a small café, it is good manners to make a purchase when you visit.
In addition to those generic rules, it is important that you consider the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Use your judgement to decide whether it is a good time to be hanging around. Remember service stations are used by people from all over the country, so the local regulations won't always be the best guideline.
It doesn't matter whether you're taking photos with the intention of uploading them to this website or not: by carrying out your hobby you are representing all enthusiasts. We ask you to be polite and considerate at all times.
What happens to my photos?
When you upload a photo to Motorway Services Online, it will appear in the following places:
- The photo will have its own page on the website, where your name or username will be thanked.
- The photo will appear in any of our picture galleries which it has been added to.
- The photo may be used to illustrate one of our content pages.
- Each page on our website has one image which is selected as an "Open Graph" image. Basically when someone shares a link to this website and a little illustration appears alongside it, we are saying that your pcture could be that illustration.
- We may share your photos on our social media channels, with credit applied. At present, our social media channels are Facebook and Twitter, though it's rare that we directly upload other people's images.
You maintain full copyright over your images, and are welcome to use them elsewhere as you wish. However, by sharing an image with us, you grant us permission to use it as explained above. If you later decide to revoke that permission, you are entitled to edit the photo page to say so, or simply contact us and we will arrange this.
Occasionally other websites, books or TV shows see our images and ask if they can use them. We tell them to contact us, and we will forward their query on to you, allowing you to decide whether you wish to engage with them or not. We don't pass on your contact details. While we do our best to stick up for our contributors who may be worried about copyright, ultimately we can't take responsibility for what happens to images once they have been published online.