Transit Operators Conclude Talks on Fare Increase


The Coalition of Private Transport Operators announces that it will conclude deliberations on whether to increase transport fares on February 2, 2022.

This announcement was announced during a stakeholder meeting with the various groups of transport operators on Thursday, January 27, 2022.

Drivers across the country had previously raised concerns about rising fuel prices, saying it was having a negative impact on their jobs.

They went on strike in December 2021 to make their demands known to the government, but later called off the industrial action.

A month after the national action, transport operators claim that the government has ignored their request to remove certain fuel taxes to bring about a reduction in the price of petroleum products; hence their decision to propose their next course of action.

Speaking to Citi News, Concerned Drivers Association public relations officer David Agboado said he was optimistic the union will conclude on the fare hike as it continues to push for the abolition of certain taxes on petroleum.

“As for truck prices, I hope that we will increase them and that we will still fight for the abolition of taxes on petroleum products. The final conclusion will be communicated on Wednesday as we need to write to Parliament and do the other necessary follow-ups. For the percentage on the transport tariffs, I cannot give it now because everything must be agreed, and we arrive at a reasonable percentage. So, on Wednesday, everything will be known.

Abass Imoro, Communications Manager at Ghana Private Road Transport Operators (GPRTU) and union representative, also said further deliberations are underway to be finalized on Wednesday.

“A committee that we have set up to provide us with information on the matter, has not been fully constituted, so we have postponed it until Wednesday. So hopefully on Wednesday we will get to the end of the whole l episode, because we have two schools of thought. One calls for an upward adjustment in transport rates, while the other calls for a drop in oil prices. So we will finalize everything on Wednesday.


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