- The cost of public transportation has been increased by 10 percent nationwide
- This has been blamed on the continuous rise in fuel prices
- Public drivers say they can no longer bear the cost of this rise
Public commercial drivers across the country have from Monday, June 4th, increased transport fares by 10 percent.
Drivers say the main reason for increasing transport fares is because of the continuous rise in fuel prices which continues to affect their cost of operations.
The union of commercial drivers says they have tried so hard to take care of the cost but not anymore. They say they are "left with no option than to share this unwarranted burden put on them by the government with their customers".
What this means is that your transport fare could increase from 20 to 30 pesewas based on the calculation of your driver. So if your transport costs 2 cedis 10 pesewas, you must be looking at paying 2 cedis 20 pesewas.
For those of you lovers of private commercial vehicles, the advent of Uber and Taxify could come as an advantage to you especially when these transport service providers offer highly competitive rates to passengers.
The National Chairman of GPRTU, Kwame Kuma explained that even though the UNion would have preferred a 15% increase, “upon consultation with government, we have agreed to a 10% increase.
“Government has assured us that it will continue with efforts to prevent a steep rise in input cost,” he revealed in a statement.
In dealing with the challenge of cost, you could even consider the use of low-cost transportation like bicycles and public bus systems.
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