The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has called on the public to disregard a supposed increment in transport fares effective Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
Some transport unions on Wednesday served notice of their intention to increase fares by 30%.
GPRTU is however of the view that although it agrees with an upward adjustment in transport fares, an engagement with government and the assessment of other factors is crucial for such a decision.
The General Secretary of GPRTU, Godfred Abulbire, in an interview said, the leadership has commenced processes to have such engagement with the Ministry of Transport.
“Our position is that, fuel prices have gone up, which must be equated to fare increment. But that is not the only component we consider when adjusting prices.”
“A committee has been set up to do the fact-finding for the report to be submitted to the Minister so we agree. But settling on a particular margin and timeline now will be creating fear and panic”, he said.
He further decried a drastic reduction in the patronage of commercial road transport due to the increase in transport fares.
Transport fares went up by 20 percent in May.
As of May 9, 2022, when the new fares took effect, petrol and diesel were selling at a national average of GH¢9.41 and GH¢11.12, respectively.
At the moment, the price of petrol per litre has crossed GH¢11 and diesel sell for over GH¢14 per litre at most pumps.