- Commuters in Ghana pay more for transport
- Government has agreed on a 15% increase in transport fares with stakeholders after a meeting
- Deputy Transport Minister, Titus Glover told the media after a meeting with transport operators in Accra
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Ghanaians who patronise public transport will have to pay an average of 15% more for transport fares from Saturday, July 11, 2020.
The rise was announced by a Deputy Transport Minister, Nii Kwartei Titus Glover, following a meeting with transport operators on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.
Transport operators had made an alternative proposal, which was for the government to allow them to revert to carrying their usual full seating capacity or an upward adjustment to cover for the loss in social distancing.
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Glover said after considering both proposals, the government decided to approve the increment in transport fares.
“This afternoon, we held a meeting and we’ve all agreed that with effect from Saturday 11th of this month [July], we have increased transport fares by 15% and in going forward, they should continue to hold the safety COVID-19 protocols,” he noted.
The Deputy Minister said the unions have been tasked to also print and post the new fares in their vehicles and at their respective stations to inform passengers and avoid altercations.
There has been growing concerns among transport unions in Ghana after the government reduced the intake of passengers to maintain social distancing in buses.
The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) earlier in July said it was making huge losses over the directive adding that an increase in transport fares or a return to the normal seating capacity of vehicles pre-COVID-19.
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The last increase in public transport fares was in September 2019 with a 10 percent increment.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), has, per a release, announced increments in fuel prices.
The upward review of the prices takes effect from Monday, June 1, 2020.
The NPA explained that the decision was taken by Cabinet and communicated to them via the Ministry of Energy.
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