The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has ordered its drivers across the country to revert transport fares to the original prices until July 11, 2020 which is the due date for the new increment to take effect.
The government has approved a proposal from transport operators to increase transport fares by 15 percent.
But Vice Chairman for the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Robert Sarbah says the decision to increase the fares is yet to take effect officially.
Speaking exclusively to #UniversNews, he stressed that recalcitrant drivers will be called to order if they fail to comply with the directive by the Union.
“Whoever has increased his lorry fare as of Monday must make sure to reverse it and wait till on the 11th that is where we will have our 15 percent,” he said.
Mr. Sarbah indicated that in their quest to observe social distancing in their vehicles as directed by the President, drivers have made significant losses hence will not reduce the 15% increment even after the coronavirus.
“That will be highly impossible for us to reverse because for these 4 months we were also losing and we’re not taking the appropriate fares we were supposed to take,” he added.
After a meeting with transport operators on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the government approved a 15% hike in transport fares.
Some drivers, even before the proposed date to effect the changes in the fares, have begun charging new prices, a move which has been slapped with mixed reactions from passengers, with some calling for possible reduction in the charges.
Story by: Mensah Joseph Henry | universnewsroom.com