The government of Ghana and transport unions across the country Tuesday agreed to a 15 percent upward adjustment in transport fares.

This followed an agreement reached between the government represented by the Ministry of Transport and the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC).

A statement released here and jointly signed by Andrews Kwesi Kwakye, Acting General Secretary of the GRTCC, and Kwame Kuma, National Chairman of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), confirmed the hike in road transport fares.

“In line with the Administrative Instrument on public transport fares, the Road Transport Operators have reviewed the prices of the various elements that go into running of commercial transport services and have increased road transport fares by 15 percent,” the statement said.

The new fare, the statement said, covered the following transport operations: intra-city, locally referred to as ‘trotro’; inter-city or long distance services; and taxi cabs.

Kwakye told the media a list of new fares for the various destinations across the country would be made available to motorists ahead of the implementing date.

The GRTCC, he observed, would begin to sensitize the various transport operators on the new fares.

This, according to him, is to prevent any disagreements between transport operators and commuters.

Meanwhile, some members of the commuting public have expressed surprise at the increment, especially at a time the country’s economy had begun experiencing healthy signs, coupled with recent tax cuts announced by the new government in its maiden budget last month.

They point to a stabilizing local currency, the cedi, and marginal reductions in fuel cost to back their argument.

Transport fares were last increased in the country in February 2016 and among reasons cited for the increment included increases in cost of lubricants, vehicle spare parts, maintenance of vehicles, and charges by the Driver, Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA).

The new fares take effect on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/