Federal officials have forced Boston to lift a four-year ban on daytime deliveries of propane and other hazardous materials, allowing fuel-truck drivers to take a direct route through the city. Some residents are unhappy with the decision, but haulers say the move will actually make the roads safer. "By taking the most direct route, you're reducing the number of vehicle miles traveled and reducing the likelihood a truck will be involved in an incident," a hauling-group executive noted.

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