Stakeholders and government officials within the transport sector had a meeting on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, for a possible review of transport fares ended inconclusively.
Commercial drivers have been for some time now advocating for the increment of transport fares following the introduction of new taxes and upward review of others which led to fuel price hikes in the country.
According to a statement issued by the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC) members should remain calm as further negotiations are held to reach an amicable resolution.
“On 12th May 2021, a meeting was held with stakeholders to continue negotiations on public transport fares. The meeting reviewed the cost components including the recent increase in the price of petroleum products, cost of spare parts, inflation, drivers salaries and taxes amongst others. The meeting was however inconclusive.”
The unions also urged Ghanaians to disregard claims of any increase in transport fares.
“We entreat all transport operators to stay calm, as we negotiate for a fare adjustment within the shortest possible time. We also entreat the general public to disregard any purported increase in fares,” the unions added in the statement.
Commercial transport operators had already been told to maintain existing transport fares until new charges are approved.
Many passengers anticipated that transport fares in the country would increase immediately after the government’s new tariffs, including a 30 pesewa hike in petroleum products, which started on Saturday, May 1, 2021.