Ghanaians should brace themselves up for an increased transport fare as the private transport operators in the country have already agreed to increase transport fares 20%.
This, according to a report the Citinewsroom, will be effective from May 17, 2021, and it comes after several engagements between members including the Ghana Committed Drivers Association, International Drivers Road Transport Union, Truth Drivers Union, and the Concerned Drivers Association.
The decision was conveyed in a recent statement released the operators and according to them, the decision was made after they considered different factors.
The statement reads;
“A gallon of fuel which used to be sold at the pump for GHC 24.52 pesewas is now sold at GHC 27.22 pesewas. Also, prices of spare parts and DVLA charges have shot up considerably. With these developments, if we delay any further in increasing lorry fares at least 20%, our transport business will collapse,” they noted in the statement issued on Sunday, May 16, 2021.
While urging commuters to cooperate with them as the new fares take effect, the transport unions said although an agreement had been reached that transport fares will increase only twice each year, they have resolved to increase the fares anytime fuel prices, cost of spare parts and other operational costs rise in order for their businesses not to collapse.
“It is our considered view that we will only go 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 in the course of every year so as to guarantee stable prices and lorry fares.
It must interest the general public to note that the GPRTU for some time now has pulled out of the Council and now joined the TUC and has since been negotiating with the government for an increase in lorry fares on its own. It has even gone ahead to put it in its constitution, Article 2 (k). It will therefore be difficult for us to keep waiting for them to conclude negotiations on the percentage of increase in lorry fares.”