The leadership of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has set Tuesday, April 5, 2022, to announce the percentage increase in transportation fares.
The union last week suspended its decision to increase fares by 15%. The suspension according to GPRTU was to get reliable information on the government’s reduction of fuel prices.
On April 1, the government reduced fuel prices by 15 pesewas per liter for three months.
This was disclosed by Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, on March 24, 2022, while announcing measures put in place by the government to cushion Ghanaians against current economic shocks.
But the Head of Communications for GPRTU, Abass Imoro, maintains that the 15 pesewas reduction in fuel prices is not enough hence the union’s decision to increase fares.
According to him, “The leadership of GPRTU will meet tomorrow [today Tuesday] and come up with the final decision. We’ll announce how much we will be charging. There is no hope with the 15 pesewas reduction, so we will be coming up with a credible percentage.”
The GPRTU has tried to engage the government over a proposal to increase transport fares by 20%.
The union argues that the move has become necessary due to the increase in the prices of petroleum products.
Both commercial and private drivers, as well as other stakeholders, have urged the government to scrap some taxes on fuel to cushion consumers.