Transport Fare Increased By 13%.
Beginning on Saturday, June 5, the cost of public transportation will increase by 13%. The increased costs apply to all kinds of transportation, including intercity (trotro), intercity (long distance), and shared taxis.
In a press statement, the Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU) stated that the rise is to cover the rise in gasoline prices scheduled in May 2021 after extensive discussions with stakeholders. Following talks, the government informed us that it will continue to work to keep input costs from skyrocketing.
The suspension of the quarterly income tax paid by owners of trotros and taxis will be extended to encompass intercity commuter vehicles to cut operating costs, according to a letter from the Ministry of Finance. As a result, we urge the government to honor its promises in this regard.” this was contained in a letter signed by the Secretaries of Ghana Private Road Transport Union(GPRTU) and Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC).
This comes after the adoption of various levies, margin hikes by the National Petroleum Authority and the sector, and price rises on the international market caused a 12 percent increase in pump prices in Ghana.
The National Petroleum Authority overturned its intention to increase the gasoline margin to 17 pesewas per litre in response to popular uproar.“The 17 pesewas per litre rise in gasoline margins earlier announced by the NPA has been decreased to 9 pesewas per litre,” the NPA said in a May 4 statement.
FARES FOR TRANSPORTATION
The GPRTU then claimed that they were in discussion with the government on hiking transportation charges, but Ghanaians could expect a 10% to 15% hike.
In a news release, they asked transportation providers to stick to the projected increase.We implore members, commuters, and the general public to collaborate so that the new rates may be successfully implemented,” they said.