The 13% increment in transport fares by the Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU) is taking effect today, Saturday, June 5, 2021.
The Union says that the increment has become necessary following the increase in fuel prices in May this year.
It also comes after negotiations with stakeholders.
The GPRTU says that commercial transport users should be grateful for the percentage increment, saying that it had proposed a 30% increment.
Meanwhile, drivers have unsatisfied with the increment.
When UniversNews visited the Madina lorry station in Accra, some drivers described the increment as ‘nothing’.
“For the increment of transport fares it doesn’t favour we the drivers at all. If the transport fares are increased, our car owners increase their sales, and the station managers also increase their booking charges. So if we do the calculation, it is nothing better compared to the old fares,” one driver to UniversNews
Executives of the local GPRTU at the station were not willing to be on record.
They also shared the same sentiment as the drivers.
In a conversation, they accused pump stations of constant change in fuel prices without considering the implication on the commercial transport business.
They called on the government to deal better with them.