Dallas officials want downtown hazmat ban enforced

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Three top Dallas officials said Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 12, that they would step up enforcement of a ban on hazardous-material haulers using the downtown freeway system in response to a newspaper report citing police and fire officials who have not been enforcing the ban because of a lack of manpower and poor signage.

Ryan Evans, first assistant city manager, told the Dallas Morning News that he has instructed police, fire and public works department staffers to draft a plan to enhance enforcement of the 28-year-old ban, which is widely ignored by truckers hauling gasoline and other hazardous cargo, according to the newspaper. City Council members Mitchell Rasansky and Steve Salazar also told the Morning News that they expected the ban to be enforced.