Drivers reject 13% hike in fares, vow to charge 20%
A group called the Concerned Drivers Association of Ghana has declined the 13 percent increment in transport fares announced by the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU).
Drivers who belong to the association say they will implement the 20 percent increment on Saturday if the government fails to grant their request.
“We wish to state that, the 13% increment cannot in any way sustain our businesses considering the rate of increment in spare parts and fuel on recent times. Without mincing words, we shall implement the 20% increment starting from Saturday should government fail to grant us what we are seeking”, it said in a statement.
On Wednesday June 2, the GPRTU which is the officially known association for drivers in the country, announced the 13 percent upward change on Saturday, June 5, 2021.
The fares will cover intercity (tro-tro), intercity (long-distance) and shared taxis. The decision, according to the union, is to accommodate predominantly the recent increase in fuel prices.
It however said the government has assured that it will continue with efforts to prevent a steep rise in input costs.