There will be no wholesale removal of speed humps to cut travel times for emergency service vehicles, the politician in charge of Birmingham's transportation department has promised.
Len Gregory insisted a scheme to identify hundreds of miles of blue routes - where police cars, ambulances and fire engines will be given priority - would not lead to the dismantling of traffic calming measures.
Coun Gregory (Con Billesley) said each route would be treated on its merits, but it was possible speed humps could, in some cases, be replaced by speed cameras.
The council has earmarked £100,000 to develop the blue routes, a move intended to answer criticism that humps cause serious delays to responses by the emergency services.
Coun Gregory denied that police, fire and ambulance services would be given a veto over future proposals for traffic calming and said the council was not intent on removing existing schemes.
He said: "We have not pre-determined to take out any traffic calming. Clearly, it has been put in for a good reason.
"Safety has a high priority but, by the same token, we do need to make sure emergency services travelling through the city are not impeded by artificial hazards.
"It is a fallacy to say we are going to willy-nilly take traffic calming out, but we may be altering them. If there is a need for traffic calming measures, they will be there."
He said Birmingham's proposal for blue routes represented the first time any local authority in the country had got together with the emergency services to talk about approved routes for ambulances, police cars and fire engines.
The city's traffic calming had been permitted to grow in a haphazard way without thought being given for fast access by emergency vehicles, he claimed.
Labour transportation spokeswoman Kath Hartley said the rush to identify blue routes could be unpopular.
"You are talking about possibly removing measures that were campaigned for by thousands of people. We all recall the multitude of petitions demanding traffic calming in the late 1990s," Coun Hartley (Lab Ladywood) added.