• Fri. Aug 12th, 2022

No increment in transport fare yet – GPRTU urges public

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has encouraged the public to ignore rumours that transportation fares may increase by 30% on Friday, February 18, 2022.

The Union said it would wrap up its talks with the government on Monday, February 21, 2022, and then publish the new rate publicly.
“Because we haven’t finished discussions yet, the public should disregard those reports.”

After our meeting with the Transport Minister on Monday, we have planned to publish a statement to announce the new rate,” Mr. Richard Yaw Amankwah, GPRTU’s Deputy General Secretary in Charge of Operations, told the Ghana News Agency.

Private Commercial Transport Operators gave notice this week that, starting on Friday, February 18, 2022, they will raise transportation fares by 30%.
The Group stated that its decision was prompted by the rapid rise in fuel prices, which they claimed would cause their businesses to fail if they did not modify transportation fares.

“A gallon of fuel, which used to cost GHC27 at the pump, now costs nearly GHC36,” it claimed in a statement on Thursday, February 17, 2022.
The GPRTU, the country’s largest transport union, reacted angrily to the development, calling the Group’s decision a “betrayal.”

Mr. Amankwah described the GPRTU as a “well-structured institution,” adding that the union will follow the proper procedures to ensure that the agreed-upon increase benefited transportation operators, the general public, and all other stakeholders.

“Before we take any action, all 16 transport unions that make up Ghana’s Coalition of Commercial Transport Unions have promised to finish our negotiations with the government.” So it’s a betrayal if one group comes out and announces a rate while discussions are still happening,” he said.

After meeting with Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, Minister of Transport, on Monday, February 14, 2022, the Coalition of Commercial Transport Unions of Ghana recommended a 30% increase in transport fares, which was decreased to 20%.

Two separate talks between the transport operators and the Transport Minister ended in agreement, with the Government pressing for a 10% rate vs the transport operators’ desire of 20%.

The transportation operators claimed that the increases in fuel price had hurt their businesses, and that a market survey performed last month revealed that the prices of vital inputs for their operations, such as spare parts and lubricants, had increased by at least 35%.

“We agreed that the increase in rates should be at least 21.4 percent when we completed our estimates.” As a result, we offered 30% to the government,” Mr. Amankwah explained.

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