Transport fares to go up by 30% – GPRTU

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has stated that it intends to increase transportation fares by 30%.

The raise will begin on Friday, May 13th, according to the Union.

The decision was made as a result of the recent increase in fuel prices, according to GPRTU.

The Union petitioned the government in April to remove various tariffs on fuel items to help drivers and commuters, but President Akufo-Addo refused.

If that happens, the President claims it will cost the country $4 billion in revenue.

Abass Imoro, the GPRTU’s Industrial Relations Officer, stated in an interview with Citi News in Accra that attempts to contact the Ministry have been unsuccessful.

“We have been forced to make a decision. We were thinking of being sympathetic. We never wanted to take this decision, but government has not cooperated with us.

“Fuel prices keep shooting up, we wrote to the Transport Minister about our plans to increase transport fares, but we received no feedback. We are thus going to take a decision that will help us as well. We will announce the new prices by next Friday.”

In February 2022, when fuel costs averaged GH6.4 per litre, transportation fares increased by 15%.

After crossing the $8 per litre threshold in the first week of March 2022, a litre of gasoline now costs around $10.

The union claims that the move is essential because of the rise in the price of petroleum products.

Commercial and private drivers, as well as other stakeholders, pressed the government to eliminate various fuel taxes to help consumers.

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