Hassan Tampuli, the Deputy Transport Minister, has called the hike in transportation costs before of a meeting with transport providers as illegal.
“We’ve called a meeting for the transport operators to come to the Ministry for us to have that dialogue and a decision can be reached,” he said, adding that the usual meeting between the Ministry and players in the sector had not been convened to agree on any fare rise.
“So, for the time being, that decision has not been made, we have not had that meeting, and I believe that anyone charging that fare is doing so unlawfully and in violation of the established arrangement,” he said.
On May 7, the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) announced a 20% increase in transport fares.
This was prior to the Union’s earlier revelation that it hoped to raise transit fares by 30% starting on Friday, May 13.
Mr. Tampuli responded to the increase by explaining that any approved fare will be calculated in a meeting between the government and the transportation providers.
“We have a long-standing agreement with the transport operators that is based on the movement of petroleum product prices as well as other factors.” We have a situation where we meet with the transportation operators and together we put the numbers up and see if the prices have increased by more than 10% since the last time prices were announced, then we look at the quantum of increase and determine what the lorry fares should increase by,” he said.
As a result, he urged transportation companies to postpone any planned rate increases to allow partner agencies to finish the regular procedure.
Meanwhile, drivers in the Kumasi Metropolis have begun to impose the 20% fare increase. Regardless, many lamented that the increase falls short of their expectations.
In addition, station officers at KNUST junction said they are awaiting orders from their superiors to begin charging the additional fare.