Christmas parking rate for 25 towns in Northern Ireland
Twenty-five towns across Northern Ireland are set to benefit from a special Christmas parking rate.
Five hours parking will cost £1 in 95 car parks operated by the Department for Regional Development.
The scheme will run from 2 December until 11 January and will apply to car parks that have a tariff of 30p or more per hour.
Transport Minister Danny Kennedy said: "I am confident these measures will provide a welcome boost for traders."
He added: "Retailers across Northern Ireland have been suffering from the economic downturn and I know that the festive season is a key period for them financially.
"Last week, I announced a Christmas transport package for shoppers and traders.
"This included free park and ride services in Belfast, Lisburn, Newry and Londonderry during late night shopping days and also on Saturdays, fare promotions and an embargo on road works over the Christmas period.
"I also wanted to ensure that other areas received some assistance which would encourage shoppers to go into towns over the Christmas period."
Drivers will still be able pay the minimum tariff in each car park.
For example most car parks have a tariff of 40p per hour; so if someone wants to stay for less than an hour they can simply pay 40p.
Mr Kennedy added: "I have decided to run this scheme into January to ensure the public have time to shop at their leisure in the run-up to Christmas and during the New Year sales.