Commuters will heave a sigh of relief as transport fares remain the same despite the rise in fuel prices in recent times.
A statement sighted by asembi.com from the Road Transport Operators and signed by the National Chairman of the Ghana Private Roads and Transport Union of the Trades Union Congress (GPRTU of TUC), Kwame Kumah and Chairman of the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC), Mr Ben Peprah Amoabeng, said “all transport owners are not to increase fares.”
Current figures from some fuel stations show that, prices of petrol and diesel have hit an all-year high, with petrol selling at an average of GHc4.29 at the pumps, and diesel going for an average of GHc4.23 per litre.
Though commercial drivers across the country have showed resentment over the prices increment and have asked for a slight increase in transport fares to prevent losses.
But the joint statement from GPRTU and GRTCC, which was copied to the ministries of Transport and Information , indicates that after a meeting with stakeholders in the transport sector on Thursday, 22nd September, 2017, there was no need to increase transport fares.
“We as transport operators have monitored the increases and decreases in the prices of fuel from April, 2017 when we had the recent transport fares increase to date. We have noted that the net position does not create a significant increase to warrant increase in transport fares.”
The statement, therefore, sought the cooperation of all members in that regard.