Transport fares remain unchanged; Transport Council asks drivers to be patient

Transport fares remain unchanged since the January 4, when petroleum products price increased from 18 to 27 percent.

The increase was occasioned by the passage of the Energy Sector Levy (ESL) by Parliament in December 2015.

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) had announced plans to increase transport fares following the increase but as at yet, prices remain the same.

Many commuters questioned the increases as they claimed that there has been a drastic drop in crude prices on the international market.

Mr Kumson, a driver at Dansoman, said the price hike is really a problem to them since so much is often spent to keep their vehicles in shape.

Mr Owureku, a commuter, said the recent hike in utility and fuel prices would have an effect on food prices and the cost of living would go higher.

Mr Kakraba, a taxi driver, said he will be very grateful to government if fuel prices are lowered as currently a gallon of petrol is now GHC15.59 and a gallon of diesel is GHC14.76.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC) has appealed to drivers to be patient as the council looks at an upward review of transport fares.

Transport unions in the country met with officials of the Ministry of Transport on Thursday in an attempt to review transport fares following the increment of fuel prices.

The announcement of an upward review in transport fares was subsequently rescheduled in anticipation of an increase in road tolls.

However, reports suggest that some commercial drivers have already increased their fares.


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