Stockton Council is making it easier for shoppers to save money in the run up to Christmas by offering free parking in Stockton Town Centre.
There is no charge to park in any of the short stay car parks after 3pm, every day from now until the 31 January.
Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: "With a busy markets programme and an array of independent shops Stockton really is the place to be for that special Christmas gift.
"New short stay car parks have been created at the heart of the Town Centre as part of the regeneration programme to make it even easier for shoppers to visit.
"With the physical regeneration of the town due to be complete by the spring, visitors will notice Stockton is developing a new, vibrant and welcoming atmosphere so why not take advantage of the free parking and start your Christmas shopping early?"
The free parking was introduced on the same day that the vehicle tax disc was abolished. As of yesterday (1 October) a tax disc no longer needs to be displayed. Vehicle owners still need to pay car tax, however the DVLA will hold an electronic record instead of issuing a paper tax disc.
Charges for on street and long stay parking remain in operation. Locations of all Stockton Town Centre's car parks can be found at www.stockton.gov.uk/freeafterthree