Call 12 for Action helps resolve Providence parking dispute


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Robert Morris uses a handicapped parking spot in front of his home in Providence, but he says a tow truck parked in a no-parking zone across the street has prevented him from parking there for weeks.

“We can’t park in front of our own house,” Morris told Call 12 for Action.

Morris says he and his tenant both have disability parking placards.

If Morris parks legally in front of his house, small cars can barely squeeze through between his car and the tow truck. Trucks and school buses would get stuck.

Morris said he complained to police, his city councilman, and to the mayor’s office, but the truck parked in the same illegal spot, day and night, for three weeks.

“Can he find another street that’s wider than this one, where there’s no inconvenience for handicapped?” Morris asked.

Call 12 for Action spoke with the tow truck driver, and his boss, Richard Grasso of Grasso’s Service Center.

Both told Call 12 for Action they had permission from Providence Police to park there.

Lindsay Lague, a spokesperson for police called it a “misunderstanding.”

Lague said the tow truck driver is allowed to park overnight on city streets when he’s on call for police but said the truck must be parked in a legal spot.

Following Call 12 for Action’s questions, police went back to the neighborhood and asked the driver to move the tow truck. He did immediately, according to police, and was not issued any citations.

Susan Campbell ( is the Call 12 for Action and Target 12 consumer investigator for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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