- COPEC has called on the government to consider reviewing fuel prices for commercial drivers in Ghana
- The call follows an increase in fuel prices as well as measures such as social distancing used to combat COVID-19
- Information available shows that fuel prices were recently increased from GHC4.65/litre to GHC4.820/litre
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The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) has called on the government to subsidise fuel prices for commercial drivers in Ghana.
The call follows complaints of hardships that stemmed from the reduction in the number of passengers in commercial vehicles.
Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, commercial drivers were instructed to reduce the number of passengers they carry.
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This has reportedly led to financial difficulties as revenue levels have considerably reduced as a result.
COPEC argued that the recent 3.8% upward adjustment of rates at fuelling stations from GHc4.65/litre to GHc4.820/litre has had a toll on the drivers, especially in the Greater Accra, Ashanti, and Western Regions
Per a report by classfmonline.com, the call for social distancing, the recent upward review of fuel prices, and a recent increase in prices of spare parts have created challenges for commercial drivers.
A number of transport unions have meanwhile petitioned the government to reconsider the number of passengers each vehicle is permitted to carry.
In an earlier report, YEN.com.gh indicated that 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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