The Concerned Driver Union has said the new transport fare adjustment is to cushion drivers and enable them to stay in business rather than run out of business.
“We don’t want to run at a loss”, the Vice Chairman of the union, David Agboado said.
In an interview monitored by opemsuo.com, he noted that drivers might end up like major transport operators like City Express, Omnibus, Metro Mass, Ayalolo, and King of Kings which are now either defunct or near collapse due to losses.
He explained that the state of the general public was factored in while devising the new rate.
“The last increment was done in February. The fuel then stood at GHC7.99p per litre but as I speak to you, fuel goes for GHC11.30p so if every GHc1 is the ten per cent threshold, three cedis is 30% and that is why GPRTU was proposing the 30%.
“When we met as a body with our increase rate proposal, we used only fuel price as a factor and arrived at 33% but when we added other factors like the tyres, lubricants and others, we got more than the thirty per cent. We also thought of the fact that wages haven’t been increased so arrived at 20%”.
According to him, the government’s intervention at this time will be necessary but late.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini