- A task force has been set to check the illegal increase in transport fares
- There has been a 20% increment in lorry fares by some drivers
- Government, GPRTU, and PROTOA reject the increment as illegal
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YEN.com.gh has gathered that a task force has been constituted to ensure compliance with existing transport fares while the leadership of the Road Transport Operators continues engaging the government to determine new fares.
It follows the introduction of new taxes on petroleum products.
The task force is made of officials of the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC), PROTOA, and the Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU) of TUC among others.
It will be working in collaboration with the security agencies to ensure compliance with the existing transport fares by visiting the various bus terminals in the country.
The setting up of the task force was prompted by the recent announcement of a 20% increment in transport fares by some commercial road transport operators without recourse to the law and laid down principles.
The move by the Truth Drivers Union, Concern Drivers Association, and some others have been described as illegal by the government, GPRTU, PROTOA, GRTCC, and other recognized road transport operators.
All Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Administrations are to ensure strict compliance with the existing fares.
In other news, a court in Accra has fined a 46-year-old driver GHS960 or in default, serve an eight-week jail term for destroying the fence wall of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s Nima residence.
Antaru Issaka was charged with careless and inconsiderate driving and causing damage. He was also slapped with the charges of driving without a license, use a motor vehicle with an expired roadworthy certificate among others.
Isaaka pleaded guilty to all the charges, Ghana News Agency (GNA) reported. He was thus convicted on his own plea and sentenced by the court presided over by Ama Adomako Kwakye.