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Transport operators to increase fares by 30 per cent

BY: graphic.com.gh
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Some private commercial transport operators say they will increase fares by 30 per cent beginning Friday, February 18, 2022.

They are attributing their action to frequent upward adjustments in fuel prices which they have said was collapsing their business.

The transport operators have since December 2021 been clamouring for an increment in fares.

The Chairman of the Ghana Committed Drivers Association, Mr Charles Danso who made the planned increment known said their action was following an inconclusive meeting between government and commercial transport operators last Monday.

He said they had met on the way forward following the recent increase in fuel prices but the meeting ended inconclusive.

“This has become necessary to save our transport business from collapsing with the frequent upward adjustments in fuel prices," a statement issued Thursday and and signed by the Chairman of the Ghana Committed Drivers Association stated.

The statement further explained that "A gallon of fuel which used to sell at the pump for GH₵27, has now jumped to almost GH₵36 per gallon."

Negotiations

The negotiation between the government and the commercial transport operators is expected to resume on Friday, February 18, 2022.

Nonetheless, the statement explained that the fare increment will go on as scheduled ahead of Friday's scheduled meeting.

"As the public may be aware, government and the Coalition of Private Commercial Transport Operators are still engaged in marathon negotiation for increase in transport fares.

"While we the operators are calling for 30% increase in transport fares, the government has put on the table 10%. As a result, the negotiation ended inconclusively and is expected to continue tomorrow, 18" February, 2022.

"Sadly, before the scheduled meeting with government could take place, fuel prices have been increased by about 30 pesewas per litre. Now a litre of fuel at some of the major filling stations are being sold for GH7.990," it added.