• Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

Transport Fares: Meeting between gov’t, transport operators ends inconclusively

The Coalition of Private Transport Operators and the government are at odds about the proper amount for the upcoming increase in transportation fares, which is anticipated to take effect in the coming weeks.

The Coalition of Private Transportation Operators recommended a 20 percent increase, whereas the government is pressing for a ten percent increase.

The three-hour discussion, which was the second in a week, ended in a deadlock as both parties stayed firm to their stances.

According to the transportation operators, the meeting was inconclusive and has been rescheduled for Friday, February 18th, 2022.

The coalition, on the other hand, will meet on Wednesday to discuss the next steps before their next meeting with the government.

The operators had previously stated that they would fight for a 30% increase in transportation rates to be approved by the government.

They claim that the increase is justifiable in light of rising fuel prices, high spare component costs, and the resulting impact on their business.

Last week, David Agboado, a representative of the operators and the Public Relations Officer of the Concerned Drivers Association, said the meeting with the government was merely a formality to get their input, and that the 30% increase would be announced regardless.

“We’re arguing that the 30% isn’t a proposal.” Regardless of what the government says, that is what we will do. We’ve all agreed on 30%, but the government needs to be involved, which is why we’ll be meeting with them on Thursday, February 10, 2022.”

“I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag, but Ghanaians should expect the increase to be announced between now and the 19th of this month.” “We’ll make it known,” he stated.

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