Tuesday, 28 May

Transport ministry lacks legal basis to dictate fares – COPEC

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Mr Amoah questioned the involvement of the Transport Ministry in fare discussions

The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) has disproved of the Ministry of Transport’s directive to the Ghana Police Service concerning the enforcement of new fares.

On Monday, April 15, the Ministry instructed the Ghana Police Service to monitor commercial drivers charging fares that exceed approved rates.

However, Executive Secretary of COPEC, Duncan Amoah, has challenged the Ministry's authority in this matter. 

Mr Amoah argued that the Ministry lacks the legal basis to dictate transport fares, particularly in a deregulated market. 

He emphasised that in such a market, costs are passed on rather than regulated by the government. He cites factors such as insurance costs, fuel price fluctuations, and tax increases as contributors to fare hikes.

Mr Amoah questioned the involvement of the Transport Ministry in fare discussions, asserting that it should not assume powers beyond its constitutional mandate. He opposes the Ministry's directive to potentially arrest drivers for attempting to recover operational costs.

“While not condoning excessive fare charges, Amoah acknowledges the need for drivers to adjust fares in response to rising operational expenses,” he stated.

Source: classfmonline.com/Elikem Adiku