- COPEC has asked the government to immediately review transport fares in Ghana
- The call follows the decision of the government to lift restrictions on the seating capacity of commercial vehicles
- President Akufo-Addo has stated that all passengers should constantly wear nose masks
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The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) has called on the government to, as a matter of urgency, review transport fares in Ghana.
This follows a decision by the government to lift the restrictions in the transport sector and allow commercial vehicles to resume full seating arrangements.
President Akufo-Addo, on Sunday, July 26, 2020, stated that all occupants of such vehicles should ensure they wear face masks.
According to COPEC, the major stakeholders in the transport sector should ensure that fares are reviewed downwards by close of work on Monday, July 27, 2020.
The government earlier approved a 15% increase in transport following a hike in fuel prices and the implementation of social distancing protocols in commercial vehicles.
Per a report by citinewsroom.com, COPEC’s Executive Secretary, Duncan Amoah, argued that fares could be reduced by 5% “since fuel price variance as at this point remains positive by at least a further 12% from the pre-COVID-19 lockdown period.”
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) called for a 50% increase in transport fares nationwide, but this was rejected by the government.
The government approved a 15% increase in fares and this took effect from Saturday, 11 July.
The new rate of increase was agreed on during a meeting at which representatives of the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council, Ghana Private Road Transport Union, and ministry were present.
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