- The government has been urged to provide stimulus packages for commercial drivers in Ghana
- This follows the reduction in the number of passengers allowed in one vehicle
- The directive was given by President Akufo-Addo as part of measures being implemented to control the spread of COVID-19
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The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) has called for stimulus packages for public transport operators in Ghana.
This, it said, would become necessary if the government hopes to prevent increases in fuel prices.
Information available shows that drivers who ply the Tarkwa-Takoradi road in the Western region increased their fares by 30% on 29 June.
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Per a report by citibusinessnews.com, this was intended to make up for the limited passenger intake.
The number of passengers in commercial vehicles was earlier reduced as part of measures to ensure social distancing.
Drivers at the Neoplan Station in Accra have also appealed for an increment in fares to make up for the fall in revenue.
An earlier report by YEN.com.gh showed commercial buses reduced the number of passengers they carry per row by one.
Starting on 26 March, as part of efforts to ensure social distancing, buses that carry three passengers now carry two and those that carry four passengers now carry three.
Speaking to Class News, the relations officer for the Greater Accra branch of the GPRTU, Abass Ibrahim Moro, said the number of passengers can continue to be reduced if the government will put measures in place to assist drivers and transport owners.
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