GPRTU to Announce Transport Fares Reduction Tomorrow
The Ghana Private Road Transport Union, (GPRTU) has hinted at a reduction in transport fares tomorrow, July 28, as stakeholders are still deliberating on the matter.
This follows pressure from Ghanaians calling for reduction in transport fares due to the easing of COVID-19 induced restrictions on the sector.
Last month, transports fares were increased by 15% to cushion commercial drivers for reducing passenger intake by instituting the social distancing rule.
However, yesterday, President Akufo-Addo gave the green light to commercial drivers to operate to full capacity. This has led many to call on the GPRTU to do away with the earlier fare increment.
The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana (COPEC) also charged the GPRTU, and other primary stakeholders to immediately to hold a meeting and reverse that decision to increase fares.
Following these calls, Robert Sabbah National Vice Chairman GPRTU, said a meeting was held today with stakeholders but it ended inconclusively.
However, they will tomorrow conclude on issues and announce new transport fares.
"...We went into a meeting today with the Ministry of Transport we don't review fares alone. We do so in collaboration with other stakeholders."
He said they have all agreed on some reduction in the fares.
"The meeting remained inconclusive, tomorrow by then we will be able to finish up and we have agreed that there should be some level of reduction in fares."