Drivers threaten fare hikes after fuel prices increase


 
Members of the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC) Thursday held a marathon meeting to discuss increases in transport fares, following an upward review in the prices of petroleum products.

The meeting was held behind closed doors and at the time of filing this report, the meeting was still in session.

A source close to the council advised drivers and transport operators not to increase transport fares until the necessary consultations had been done and a final decision taken.

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) announced increases in the prices of petroleum products, effective from yesterday.

The price of petrol has now been increased by six per cent. This means that petrol will now be sold at GH¢ 2.23.

Kerosene was increased by 19 per cent, while liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has also gone up by 8.73 per cent.  

According to the statement issued by the NPA, the ex-pump price for gas oil has been increase from GH¢ 2.26 to GH¢2.42 per litre.

There has, however, been no price change in premix fuel. The product will continue to be sold at GH¢ 1.16 per a litre.

 During a visit to some bus terminals in Accra, the Daily Graphic observed that drivers had not increased their fares.

In an interview with the Welfare Chairman of the Neoplan Station in Accra, Mr John Awuah, he explained that the transport operators were mandated to increase the fares after a report had been issued by the GRTCC. He said the drivers would continue to charge the old fares until a decision had been made by the GRTCC.

“But as of now we have not increased anything at all, whether tro-tro, taxi, long-distance bus, cargo; nobody has increased fares by a pesewa… we hope for a reasonable increment in the price of fuel in future,” he said.

Mr Awuah added that they felt cheated at the various fuel stations because most of the stations delay in adjusting their pumps when there was an increment in the price of petroleum products.

A Koforidua station master who gave his name as Wofa Yaw said the last time there was an increase in transport fares, passengers initially boycotted their services.

Wofa Yaw, therefore, urged the government to increase transport fares consistently with the increases in fuel prices.

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