DRIVERS are set to get free parking after 4pm at three car parks in Holmfirth.
Traders today praised the move as a boost for shops in the town.
Royston Rogers, immediate past president of Holme Valley Business Association, said: "We're very happy about this as it will encourage people to come and shop in Holmfirth.
"The town has suffered from out-of-town shopping and this free parking should be an enormous help in the fight to reverse the trend.
"People will be able to come into Holmfirth and see the value, range and service in the shops."
Parking charges at other times of the day will be adjusted in the 12-month trial due to start next February.
Car parks at Crown Bottom, Towngate and Huddersfield Road will be affected.
The present charges of 10p for 20 minutes and 30p for an hour will be replaced by a new scale of 20p for half an hour and 40p an hour.
The two-hour price of 60p will stay the same.
Traders have welcomed the new charges.
Mr Rogers said: "The 20-minute minimum is no use at all to anyone."
Council officers said they had been working with traders and the public to look at different charges and time bands to better suit the town's use by tourists, residents and businesses.
Kirklees Council's Cabinet is due to give the changes the green light on Wednesday next week.
Clr David Payne, Cabinet member responsible for highways and transport, said: "Holmfirth is a bustling retail and tourist destination which sometimes suffers from a shortage of parking spaces.
"We hope this move will help to make better use of the spaces we have and benefit businesses and visitors alike."