- 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.
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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.”
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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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