Overzealous councils have gone "red route mad" by painting red lines on even minor roads, according to a Midland MP.
Lorely Burt (Lib Dem Solihull) accused her local authority of going too far when it painted red lines on a road which is not named.
The markings indicate drivers are not allowed to stop, and are usually used in routes used by buses.
They have been introduced because the traditional yellow lines, which prohibit parking, do not prevent drivers from stopping briefly, for example to let a passenger out.
But Ms Burt said she was surprised to see they had been used on a road close to Shirley Library, where she holds some of her weekly surgeries.
The road, close to the A34 Stratford Road, is between School Road and Church Road. She said: "I could hardly believe it. I came out of my surgery last week and there it was - red lines down a road that is so important it doesn't even have a name.
"The road is set back from the Stratford Road, and hardly qualifies as a major thoroughfare. Have we gone red route mad?"
A spokesman for the seven metropolitan authorities in the West Midlands said: "Congestion costs £1,000 every year for every person who lives in the West Midlands.
"Red routes are designed to reduce delays and put a stop to people who park inconsiderately. Red routes also gives businesses and customers somewhere convenient where they can park legally."