Private commercial transport operators in the country, with effect from today, have increased fares by 30 percent.
The group explained in a statement yesterday that the action had become necessary to save their transport business from collapsing with the frequent upward adjustments in fuel prices.
“We, the members of the Private Commercial Transport Operators, wish to inform the commuting public of 30% increase in transport fares with immediate effect. Members are directed to implement the increase from tomorrow, 18th February 2022, without further delay,” the group said.
The group lamented that a gallon of fuel which used to sell at the pump for GHC27 has now jumped to almost GHC36 per gallon.
“As the public may be aware, government and the Coalition of Private Commercial Transport Operators are still engaged in marathon negotiation for an increase in transport fares. While we the operators are calling for 30 percent increase in transport fares, the government has put on the table 10percent. As a result, the negotiation ended inconclusively and is expected to continue tomorrow on 18th February 2022.”
“Sadly, before the scheduled meeting with the government could take place, fuel prices have been increased by about 30 pesewas per litre. Now a litre of fuel at some major filling stations are being sold for GHC7.990.”
The group therefore entreated its” valued customers to bear with us as we need to save our business, sustain it and keep providing you with our critical services.”
Transport operators in the country have since December 2021 been engaging with the government on a possible increment in fares but to no avail.
Several meetings they have had with the government over their demands have often ended conclusively, with the latest one being on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in an interview with the media, Chairman of the National Concern Drivers Association, Charles Danso, urged passengers to comply with the new fares.
Some passengers who spoke told the media lamented about the planned increment in fares saying “the 30 percent increase is too much, and it would affect our business grossly. Imagine coming to Accra to buy wares that cannot be fixed in the booth because of the quantity. I would have to buy extra seats and that would cost me more.”