Transport fares to be increased by 30% – Coalition of Transport Operators

Transport fares to be increased by 30% – Coalition of Transport Operators

A consensus has been reached by the Coalition of Transport Operators regarding transport fares and the coalition has announced that its members would upwardly adjust transport fares by 30% in the next few days.

The 16 member transport union including Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU), Concerned Drivers Association, Progressive Transport Owners Association (PROTOA), amongst others finally reached a decision, when they met on Thursday, February 3, 2022, in Accra over concerns about the hikes in fuel prices.

 Giving the reasons for the upward adjustment, the coalition explained that the increase stems from hikes in fuel prices lately in the country, which they say is taking a toll on their finances.

Also, it revealed that it will meet with the Ministry of Transport over the expected increment on Monday, February 7, 2022.

David Agboado, PRO for the Concerned Drivers Association,  indicated that passengers should expect to pay more transport fares after their engagement with the Minister of Transport.

“On Thursday, we met at TUC, GPRTU headquarters, and we have decided to increase the transport fares by 30%. The measures we used to reach this decision are; the current increase in fuel prices, increase in the price of items we use, government charges amongst others. That is what we are going to charge after seeing the Minister on Monday.”

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

On several occasions, Members of the Concerned Drivers Association have tried to increase transport fares, but after talks with the government, they held back, hoping that the prices of fuel will reduce.

At some fuel pumps, a litre of fuel has exceeded the GH¢7 prices. The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers has predicted that fuel prices may cross the GH¢8 mark by March 2022.

By: Stella Annan | Twitter @activetvgh

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