An attempt by some driver unions to increase public transport fares without the consent of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC) has hit a snag.
Describing the decision as malicious, the GPRTU and GRTCC in a joint statement said they are not in harmony with the plans by these driver unions.
According to the GPRTU and GRTCC, the intended action by the driver unions is not only targeted at creating disaffection within the driver unions and or transport operators but confusion among the general public.
“We want to state without any equivocation and again in unambiguous terms that not only is the statement a palpable false but also malicious and targeted to increase disaffection and confusion with the driver unions. We urge the various driver unions, the commuting, and the general public to disregard any such statement and treat it with the contempt that it deserves,” it read.
Meanwhile, in a separate press release, the Ghana Committed Drivers Association indicated that it works hand-in-hand with the GPRTU, and the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC), the only recognised mandated bodies, to negotiate public transport fares on behalf of all transport unions to increase public transport fares or otherwise.
“We, therefore, urge the general public to treat any purported talks or plans to increase transport fares with the contempt that it deserves,” it noted.