Congestion charging is back on the political agenda in Birmingham after transport chiefs put forward new plans to introduce the road fee.
The proposal, which is accompanied by a clean air zone tax for lorries, was hidden away in pages of supplementary notes attached to the council's new budget proposals which were unveiled this week.
However, the new leader of Birmingham City Council John Clancy says he is "going nowhere near" the idea.
The proposal states that congestion costs the regional economy £2.2 billion per year and suggests charging for driving inside the city centre ring road at peak rush hour periods.
It was highlighted by opposition Conservative leader Robert Alden who accused Labour of being anti-car.
"Sadly, when you have Labour councillors telling residents they shouldn't drive cars, as one did in a debate last year, it was only a matter of time before they put their anti-car ideology before residents and tried to introduce congestion charging," he said.
He warned that, along with the tax on HGVs, it could end up costing as much as £10 for some vehicles to go into the city centre.
"There is a real risk of businesses and visitors avoiding Birmingham altogether rather than pay," Coun Alden added.
A congestion charge has been looked at by the council several times over the last 15 years, pushed by successive transport department officials, but each time rejected as politically untenable.
They have also previously considered a city centre work place parking tax to encourage more use of public transport but this is not mentioned in the budget document.
The policy would have been drawn up by those officials under the guidance of former leader Sir Albert Bore and cabinet member for transport Coun Tahir Ali.
Sources close to Coun Clancy have suggested the plan was squirrelled away in the back of the budget to cause embarrassment to the new leader who had to present the key document just a few days into his new job.
The main budget document mentioned only saving £5 million per year by encouraging more motorists to switch to public transport and this was explained as a saving on the air quality tax Birmingham has to pay due to high levels of pollution in the city centre.
The row certainly highlights tension in the Labour camp over the solution to the city's crippling traffic congestion which is only getting worse with developments such as Paradise closing roads and adding to the misery.