No increase in transport fares yet – GPRTU

March 9, 2017
Source: Norvan Acquah - Hayford/thebftonline.com/Ghana
No increase in transport fares yet – GPRTU

The Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU) has rejected claims that, transport fares have been increased.

According to the GPRTU, they are still negotiating with the government on the appropriate fares to charge commuters.

This comes after media reports have suggested that, some drivers within the Accra metropolis have begun charging commuters new fares after the recent hikes in fuel prices in the country.

Prices of petroleum products were increased over the weekend, following the free fall of the cedi and little adjustments in global oil prices in the second pricing window in February.

In view of that, a litre of petrol is now selling between GH¢4.25 and GH¢4.39 while a litre of diesel is selling between GH¢4.13 and GH¢4.25.

But, the Deputy National Chairman, GPRTU Robert Sarbah in an interview said, the GPRTU has not sanctioned any increase in transport fares and advised passengers being charged unapproved fares, to report the matter to any GPRTU official to “deal with it”.

“We officially have not increased transport fares as we are still negotiating with the government. This is not to say that we are not mindful of the plight of the driver and transport owners as we are aware fuel prices have been increased two or more times recently, which is affecting the operations of our members, especially those who are drivers. We will soon come out with new transport fares.”

Mr. Sarbah further noted that, “you see when that happens like this, we conduct a market survey taking into consideration the last period of increment and the current prices of spare parts and other components that affect our work. This is in addition to having discussions with the Ministry of Transport.”

He disclosed that, as part of GPRTU’s consultation with stakeholders prior to the announcement of new fares, it had already met with the Ministers of Transport and Finance last week Thursday on the matter.

“So, let me state that for the general public to know that the process is still ongoing. We have not increased fares yet, we have not sanctioned any increase yet. There will definitely be a review of fares but discussions with government were not yet concluded and therefore we are appealing to the drivers to wait till the announcement is out”.