Transport fares to go up?

TRANSPORT fares are likely to go up between 10 to 15 per cent from Monday, February 1.

Sources close to ongoing negotiations between transport unions and government revealed these to journalists in Accra yesterday.

Meanwhile, transport operators are expected to meet with the Ministry of Transport today, January 28, to conclude negotiations on the proposed increment in fares.

The chairmen for the Road Transport Operators Association and the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Mr. Amoabeng and Mr Kwame Kumah, have confirmed the meeting.

The various transport unions have been in talks with government for the fares to be increased, following the hikes in fuel prices which took effect on January 4.

The negotiations have dragged for the past three weeks, with some commercial drivers complaining about the delay and its effect on their operations.

The latest increase of between 18 to 30 per cent in the prices of petroleum products, was occasioned by the passage of the Energy Sector Levy (ESL) by Parliament in December last year,

A gallon of petrol now sells around Ghc15.40 pesewas, with diesel going for Ghc14.50 pesewas.

The price of LPG has also gone up by about 18 per cent.

The GPRTU has warned all its members to desist from increasing transport fares until the union concludes discussions with the sector ministry.

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