Transport operators increase fares by 30%

Sixteen transport operators unions have reached a consensus to increase transport fares by 30% effective next week.

The transport unions include Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU), Concerned Drivers Association, Progressive Transport Owners Association (PROTOA) amongst others.

Speaking to Piesie Okrah on TV XYZ News Thursday evening, the PRO for True Drivers Association, Yaw Barima, disclosed that the increment had become necessary because of the recent hikes in fuel prices.

“Piesie, the decision is not linked to the increase in petroleum prices only. For the past year, prices of lubricants and vehicle spare parts have increased severally, so we had no choice but to converge and push for fare increment,” Barima explained.

“There are some nuisance taxes on fuel prices in this country that we have pleaded with you journalists to kick against. The sanitation tax and some other taxes should be scrapped to bring some relief to Ghanaians. However, if the government fails to do that, we will have no choice to increase our fares again,” he added.

The transport unions are expected to meet with the Minister of Transport over the expected increment on Monday, February 7, 2022.

Over the last few months, the frequent increase in fuel prices has been of much concern to drivers, particularly commercial drivers.

At some fuel pumps, a litre of fuel has exceeded the GH¢7 mark.

Meanwhile, the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers has predicted that fuel prices may cross the GH¢8 mark by March 2022.



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