Transport fares to be increased

Transport fares to be increased

-The GPRTU has hinted of reviewing the formula for computing transport fares in the country

-This will likely lead to an increment in transport fares

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Ghanaians are likely to start 2018 with an increase in transport fares, statements from the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) suggest.

Transport fares to be increased
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The Union has hinted of reviewing the formula for computing transport fares in order to cover other costs that commercial drivers incur like the prices of spare parts.

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This could see an increment despite the stability in fuel prices as the GPRTU move to correct the situation where drivers and owners have, for years, paid for any increases in spare parts as there is no avenue to transfer some of the cost to passengers.

Explaining in an interview on Starr FM on Tuesday, the national vice chairman of the Union, Robert Saba said something needs to be done urgently to address the situation before commercial drivers are thrown out of job.

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The way we come up with our lorry fares; based on fuel prices is not the best – and there are other components that go into transportation business and normally passengers do not care so much about that and only look up to the fuel and when there is no fuel price increment and we want to increase the fares it comes with public outcry and paints the GPRTU in a certain picture.

“However, this year we are going to change the formula because we are also in business else we’ll fold up,” Mr. Saba stated.

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