Motorists using car parks owned by Chorley Council will get extra time to return to their vehicles, after the authority announced it would increase the “grace” period given to drivers.
The council made the decision on the same day the Government announced it would be pressing all authorities to give drivers 10-minutes grace if they overstay their parking time.
It introduced the extended time on Saturday and hopes it will encourage more people to visit Chorley town centre.
Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of the council, said: “We’ve been working hard to make our town centre more appealing to visitors and we’ve been offering more free parking to motorists so this move makes sense.
“We already offered drivers a ‘grace’ period but we’re more than happy to increase it to 10 minutes as it is important people can enjoy their shopping trips without worrying that they’ll get a fine.”
The grace period will only apply to council-owned car parks.
The council says its parking charges are among the cheapest in the county.
Free parking is available on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and bank holidays, while parking spaces have been created on Market Street and Fleet Street that can be used free of charge for 30 minutes.
The council has also resurfaced its main car parks in the town centre in recent months and work is continuing to refurbish Market Street.
Coun Wilson added: “Chorley is a very friendly place and we want to reflect that in how we monitor our car parks - we know it can be a struggle rushing back to your car so the extra time will hopefully make it that bit easier and encourage more people to visit.”