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Two transport unions set to increase fares by 15%

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Two transport unions in Ghana have responded to the recent surge in petroleum prices by increasing their operational fares.

The two, namely the Concerned Drivers Association of Ghana and Transport Operators of Ghana, have jointly announced that effective Saturday, April 13, 2024, a 15% increase in transport fares will be implemented.

The unions outlined the following adjustments to the fare structure: a 15% increase for short-distance or intra-city transport, a 20% increase for inter-city or long-journey transport, a 15% hike for taxi services, and an increment from GHC 10.00 to GHC 15.00 for short-distance taxi hire services.

Speaking on A1 Radio, David Agboado, the Public Relations Officer of the Concerned Drivers Association of Ghana, indicated that their decision to implement these fare adjustments was motivated by the noticeable lack of government intervention in reducing the price of fuel, vehicle spare parts, and lubricants, despite ongoing economic challenges faced by both drivers and operators.

“Twenty percent for inter-city or long-journey transport, 15 percent for taxi transport, and an increment from GHC 10.00 to GHC 15.00 for short-distance taxi hire services,” he said.

He further stressed that the move also reflects their commitment to ensuring the sustainability of their operations amid economic hardships.

“Just as it may have been noted by most Ghanaians, the government appears to be indifferent regarding any reduction in the price of petrol as well as those of vehicle spare parts and lubricants. Also, the prevailing economic difficulties and other factors are worsening the living conditions of transport owners and drivers.”

He, therefore, urged Ghanaians to take note of the increment and cooperate with transport operators.

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHz|Moses Apiah|Bolgatanga|

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