Road transport fares will be raised by 13% beginning Saturday, June 5.
All modes of transportation, including intercity (trotro), intercity (long distance), and shared taxis, are affected by the new prices.
The Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU) revealed in a press statement that the increase is to accommodate the increase in fuel prices announced in May 2021, following lengthy negotiations with stakeholders.
“Following consultations, the government assured us that it will continue its efforts to prevent a sharp increase in input costs.
“Government had also assured as by a letter from the Ministry of Finance that the suspension of the quarterly income tax paid by owners of trotros and taxis will be extended to cover intercity commuter vehicles to reduce the operational cost. We, therefore, encourage government to keep to its commitment in this regard,” this was contained in a letter signed by the Secretaries of Ghana Private Road Transport Union(GPRTU) and Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC).
This comes after prices at the pump in Ghana increased by 12% as a result of the implementation of some taxes, margin increases by the National Petroleum Authority and the industry, and price increases on the international market.
Following public outcry, the National Petroleum Authority reversed its decision to raise the fuel margin to 17 pesewas per litre.
The NPA revealed in a May 4 communique that “the 17 pesewas per litre increase in fuel margins previously announced by the NPA has been reduced to 9 pesewas per litre.”
Following that, the GPRTU stated that they were in talks with the government about raising transport fares, but urged Ghanaians to expect a 10% to 15% increase.
They urged transportation operators to stick to the proposed increase in a press release.
“We ask members, commuters, and the general public to please cooperate in order for the new fares to be implemented successfully,” they added.
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