The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has disclosed that transport fares will not be subject to upward adjustments.
This follows the increment in fuel prices which took effect on January 20, 2020, taking into consideration the 2% increment of crude oil, coupled with the 0.95% and 1.01% marginal increment in the prices of gas oil and gasoline respectively on the international market.
This was followed by some concerns by drivers on transport fares. They complained that the fuel increase will affect the cost of business and livelihood. They were optimistic transport fares may be subjected to review and increased. However, they were of the opinion that this may not see the light of day. They were, however, waiting for directives from the union leaders for such announcements to be made.
Speaking to Univers News, the Vice-Chairman of the GPRTU, Mr. Robert Saba said that there are some laid down principles and methods used in the review of transport fares. He added that the union takes into consideration insurance policies, costs of spare parts and local government stickers among many other metrics to arrive at fares for members.
“We have laid down principles and methods that we use. We don’t just delight in increasing transport fares. When the time is due, we will let the public know, that is where passengers should braise themselves for the increment. As for now, there is nothing of the sort. It is not fuel alone that we take into consideration for transport increment. There are other ingredients, we have the insurance policy, the spare parts, tires that we buy, the local government stickers and some little more. We take all these things into consideration” – Mr. Saba said.
He also pointed out that unless the fuel increment is up to 10 percent, transport fares cannot be increased.
“When we are able to reach the percentage of 10 of the previous calculation that we did. If it rises up to 10 percent then there will be a likelihood of a review. As of now, it has not reached the 10 percent”
Story by: Diana Nutsugah | universnesroom.com