Private road transport operators to increase fares by 20% from Monday

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Fares for public transportation have been raised by 20% as of Monday, May 17, 20021.

This is according to the country’s private transportation operators.

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The decision came after a series of meetings between members of the country’s private transport operators, which included the Ghana Committed Drivers Association, the International Drivers Road Transport Union, the Truth Drivers Union, and the Concerned Drivers Association.

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According to a joint statement issued by the operators, the increase was necessitated by the Government’s introduction of a number of fuel taxes in the 2021 budget, the cost of vehicle spare parts, and charges levied by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).

“A gallon of fuel, which used to cost GHC 24.52 pesewas at the pump, is now GHC 27.22 pesewas. Spare part prices and DVLA fees have also risen significantly. With these developments, if we delay increasing lorry fares by at least 20% any longer, our transportation business will collapse,” they said in a statement released on Sunday, May 16, 2021.

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The transportation unions also urged commuters to work with them as the new fares go into effect on Monday, stating that they “have absorbed a lot of the petroleum product price increases for a long time and have reached a stage where we can no longer contain it.”

They also stated that, despite an agreement to raise transportation fares only twice a year, they have resolved to raise fares whenever fuel prices, the cost of spare parts, or other operational costs rise in order to keep their businesses from collapsing.

“It is our considered opinion that we will only follow through on the decision to increase lorry fares twice a year if the powers that be can also ensure that prices of petroleum products and spare parts are not increased throughout the year in order to guarantee stable prices and lorry fares,” they stated.

They did, however, point out that the Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU), the country’s largest transport union body, is not a part of this decision.

The Union has for the past week been engaging the Ministry of Transport to agree on the percentage of fare increase following the introduction of new taxes on fuel.

“It must be of interest to the general public that the GPRTU has, for some time now, withdrawn from the Council and joined the TUC, and has since been negotiating with the government on its own for an increase in lorry fares. It has even included it in Article 2 of its constitution (k). As a result, it will be difficult for us to continue waiting for them to reach an agreement on the percentage increase in lorry fares,” the private transport operators noted.

 

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