GPRTU to increase transportation costs: The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has announced its intention to implement a substantial 60% increase in transportation prices in 2024.
This decision comes in response to the impending imposition of the Emission Levy, scheduled to begin in January 2024.
The recently enacted Emissions Levy Bill requires all owners of gasoline and diesel vehicles to pay an annual levy of 100 cedis beginning in January 2024.
This step is part of the government’s effort to encourage the use of green energy sources for vehicle power, which is consistent with its commitment to climate-positive policies and carbon offset programs.
GPRTU to increase transportation costs
The GPRTU brought a motion to Parliament in December 2023 that called for a review of the Emission Levy, which was scheduled to go into effect in January 2024.
The suggestion was meant to reduce the possible financial burden that the charge may have on the union.
In an interview with Accra-based Citi FM, GPRTU Public Relations Officer Abbas Imoro voiced worries about the increased tax burden on the union.
“We are already paying 10 pesewas for every litre of emission,” stated Abbas Imoro, highlighting the GPRTU’s current financial difficulties.
He emphasized the union’s appeal to Parliament for reconsideration while outlining the major financial impacts.
Additionally, he communicated that a 60% hike in vehicle rates will likely occur if nothing is done to lessen the financial strain on the union.
Reflecting the union’s willingness to overcome these financial obstacles, the GPRTU intends to organize itself to confront the challenges presented by the Emission Levy.
As the GPRTU and Parliament continue their deliberations, the transportation sector is waiting for a solution that balances environmental concerns with the financial viability of transport providers.