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Recent Fare Increment Illegal- GPRTU and GRTCC

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC) have characterized the recently announced fare increment by some drivers as illegal.

The two stakeholders have noticed the recently announced adjustment in fares is operational in some parts of the country and have directed passengers to boycott it.

They posited that the new fares did not meet laid procedures before implementation and therefore illegal.

“It has come to our attention that some sections of Drivers have arbitrarily increased transport fares in contravention of the Administrative Instrument on the review of public transport fares in the country. This action is illegal and must be stopped immediately if this is true,” the two said in a joint statement.

“Therefore any increase outside the Administrative Instrument should be disregarded and treated with contempt. We therefore urge commuters not to pay any fare outside the existing fares.”

It also disclosed negotiation with the Ministry of Transport is underway to adjust fares in tangent with the increased fuel cost in the country.

“We are currently engaging stakeholders to give consideration to the various cost components and agree on the way forward. As has been the practice, the leadership met with the Ministry of Transport on Wednesday 10th April, 2024 to present our demands. Once consensus is reached, the general public will be duly informed.”

It further urged Regional Administrations, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies and the Station Welfare committees to ensure compliance with the existing fares.

“We also want to urge all drivers to abide by this directive and have confidence in the leadership. We will continue to push for the welfare of transport operators,” it concluded.

The Concerned Drivers Association of Ghana and the Transport Operators of Ghana earlier this week served notice for an increment in transport fares.

These “illegal” fares were set to take effect on April 13; however, some drivers have already begun implementing them.


Source: /Hajara Fuseini

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