Details have emerged of how a congestion charge might work in Derby.
The city council is deciding whether to bid for government cash to reduce traffic jams and has been told a congestion charge would be necessary.
The authority said visitors and commuters would be charged £2 for entering the city during the morning rush hour.
City residents would be exempt from payment which would not be brought in until 2018 or 2019.
The council said it wanted £200m to alleviate traffic jams.
'Strangle our city'
Ministers have said if the authority decided to bid for some of the £1.4bn the government was proposing to use on improvements to public transport and roads, a congestion charge was essential.
Councillor Ranjit Banwait, cabinet member for planning and highways, said: "If we don't try to control it (congestion), it will get bigger and it will come back to strangle our city."
But George Cowcher, chief executive of Derbyshire Chamber, said he was concerned at the proposals.
"If you are organising a business meeting in Derby and all your visitors at that meeting are having to pay a £2 charge over and above parking charges, and you could put that meeting in Sheffield or another city which doesn't have that charge, I know where I would put it. It wouldn't be Derby."
London introduced a congestion charge in 2003. The standard daily rate is £8 and applies from 0700 to 2000.
Seven areas - Durham, the West Midlands, Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear, Shrewsbury, Cambridgeshire and Bristol - were given government funding in 2005 to look at road charging.
But while many cities have considered schemes, few are at the point of putting them into practice.