The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has indicated that transport fares are likely to be increased by 20% in the coming days.
The new fares, which will be announced after a meeting with stakeholders on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, will include many other factors and not just the current fuel prices, the Union stated.
“We are looking to increase the fares because our argument doesn’t rely on the increase or decrease of fuel prices alone. Before the budget was laid before government, we were advocating for an increase in transport fares and after the budget was read we were told to wait for its approval. So, tomorrow’s meeting will determine whether we will do a 10, 15, or 20% adjustment to the fare,” the Union said.
Speaking on Eyewitness News which was monitored by Africa Articles, the General Secretary of GPRTU, Godfred Abulbire Adogma stated that the Union was asked to wait until the new fuel prices were announced so that they could factor in the new prices.
“We had a meeting last Thursday with the Transport Ministry but we did not conclude on anything because the information that was given to us was that by May 1, 2021, there will be another rollout of fuel prices so the indication was that we should just hold on, and then after the release of the new fuel prices, we can incorporate that, We’ll have a meeting [today], Wednesday, May 5, 2021, and come out with the adequate fare increment that will remedy the situation for our members,” he stated.