Scores of angry traders covered their cars in banners in a rush hour red route protest on one of Birmingham's main commuter routes on Thursday.
Police stopped the traders from blocking the A34 Stratford Road at Sparkhill and kept traffic moving during the morning rush hour.
The traders claim eight out of ten businesses could fold if the controversial red route goes ahead. The city council is planning to extend the red route, which slaps a total ban on kerbside parking, along the A34 leading into Birmingham.
Abdul Vanat, treasurer of the Stratford Road Traders Association, said: "Before any red route was implemented, the council promised us one final meeting to discuss alternative parking and the siting of car parks. Now we are being told that the red route is going ahead without any meeting with us. We feel the council has betrayed us."
Traders from nearby Coventry and Tyburn Roads joined in yesterday’s demonstration. A red route is already permanently in place from the M42 to Shirley in Solihull.
The council plans to extend it along the A34, through the city centre and on to the A34 Walsall Road.