Drivers should not increase transport fares on their own accord – GPRTU tells drivers

Drivers should not increase transport fares on their own accord – GPRTU tells drivers

- GPRTU has charged drivers in the association not to increase transport fares on their own accord

- The GPRTU leadership has made it clear that without their approval, the transportation fares cannot be increased

- The union is supposed to engage the sector ministry before transport fares are adjusted upwards

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The leadership of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has charged drivers in the association not to increase transport fares on their own accord.

The GPRTU leadership has made it clear that without their approval, the transportation fares cannot be increased even though there has been a rise in fuel price.

The General Secretary of GPRTU, Godfred Abulbire Adogma says the union is supposed to engage the sector ministry before transport fares are adjusted upwards.

“We don’t expect any driver to begin on his own authority to adjust lorry fares without the approval from their local or branches of the regions. Fuel adjustments per our petroleum market do not mean that all that happens must be received by lorry fare adjustments,” he said.

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The last time transport fares went up was in July 2020.

The government approved a proposal from transport operators to increase transport fares by 15 percent.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the National Drivers Association of Ghana announced that transport fares to anywhere across the country will be increased by 10% from February 22, 2021.

The association wants all of its members to abide by the directive from the said date.

The increment of the fare is influenced by the increasing service charges and some taxes at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority(DVLA) and the ports.

The association called on Ghanaians to comply with the introduction of the new fares and desist from picking fights with the transport owners when the fare is mentioned.

In other news, the Member of Parliament for the North Tongu constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has sarcastically suggested that President Akufo-Addo needs to consider the appointment of an awareness minister.

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His sarcastic comment comes after almost all the nominees kept chanting the mantra "I'm unaware" to some critical questions they were asked when they appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament.

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