Friday, 24 May

Transport fare hike: Don’t pay, it’s illegal – GPRTU to passengers

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The Ghana Private Roads and Transport Union (GPRTU) and the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC) have issued a joint statement urging commuters not to adhere to any proposed new transport fares that have not received official approval.

This announcement comes in response to the Transport Operators Union and the Concerned Drivers Association of Ghana declaring a 30 percent increase in transport fares effective April 13, 2024.

In their press release, the GPRTU and the GRTCC explained that the decision to raise fares stemmed from the government's failure to address their grievances. However, they emphasized that any fare hike outside the parameters set by the Administrative Instrument governing the review of public transport fares in the country is considered illegal and should be disregarded.

Furthermore, both organizations highlighted their ongoing efforts to engage with stakeholders and the Ministry of Transport to thoroughly assess the various cost components and reach a mutually agreeable resolution on the matter.

"We are urging the Regional Administrations, Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies, and the Station Welfare committees to ensure compliance with the existing fares as no decision has been made regarding any fare increment. We also want to urge all drivers to abide by this directive and have confidence in the leadership. We will continue to advocate for the welfare of transport operators."

Source: Mensah