Drivers Declare Nationwide Strike

Road transport operators in Ghana have declared a nationwide strike beginning next Monday, February 8.

The operators whose membership includes the Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU) and the Ghana Roads Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC) are protesting the increase in motor insurance premium.

The Ghana Insurance Association (GIA) and the Ministry of Finance agreed on a 300% increase in insurance premium in July 2015 and it is being implemented in two phases.

Speaking at a news conference in Accra on Tuesday, however, the operators said they “were not informed about the directive and must be reversed.”

The drivers led by their chairman Charles Danso said the Insurance Commission is not “being fair to them,” especially when they are not benefitting from the insurance and other transport related charges.

They said they are not ready to pay anything more than 250% if the NIC does not reverse the policy.

The operators also hinted they will commence their own insurance firm which will see to their needs because they feel “cheated” by the status quo.


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