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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — City officials in San Francisco have proposed banning all trucks of over 25 ft. from a huge part of its downtown core between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays.

The idea is more than a headline-grabbing trick. The city’s Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT) has made a formal proposal to ban the daytime deliveries.

Fred Hamdun, director of the DPT, told news conference that “large trucks impede the flow of traffic and transit vehicles,” adding that, “this problem has reached critical levels.”

A business owner, Kathleen Harrington, cautioned that “this proposal would have a devastating effect on my business and on our industry.”

The California Trucking Association’s Robert Romarino suggested that the city create giant 60- to 80-foot yellow zones in each block of its downtown — in effect, designated delivery places.

The idea will take months to move through San Francisco’s bureaucracy.

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