No commercial driver must increase fares – GPRTU cautions

By Clement Edward Kumsah
Road Transport Operators
Road Transport Operators

Road Transport Operators in Ghana will not to increase transport fares irrespective of the recent fuel price increase in the country.

Consumers are now paying more for fuel at the various pumps as Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have adjusted their prices to reflect the increase in the prices of their products.

The gradual increase in petroleum products over the past month has been triggered by the marginal depreciation of the cedi, as well as increased global crude oil prices due to the recent floods in the US which affected production at major oil companies.

But after a meeting held with stakeholders in the transport sector on September 22, 2017, they agreed that there should be no increase in fares.

A statement signed by the National Chairman of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Kwame Kuma and the National Chairman of Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC) Ben Peprah Amoabeng indicated that “the increases and decreases in the prices of fuel from April, 2017 when we had the recent transport fare increase to date, we have noted that the Net Position does not create significant increase to warrant increase in transport fares”.

In view of that “all transport operators are not to increase transport fares, and we seek the cooperation of members in this regard”. The statement appealed. News