Fuel Hike GPRTU denies increase in transport fares

GPRTU Chairman Kwame Kuma said in a broadcast interview that any increment is unilateral, adding that Ghana is a nation of laws.

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The Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU) has denied increase in transport fares following recent hikes in fuel prices.

GPRTU Chairman Kwame Kuma said in a broadcast interview that any increment is unilateral, adding that Ghana is a nation of laws.

His comments follow multiple media reports that some commercial drivers have increased their fares in line with the recent increase in fuel price.

Some drivers are charging between 5 to 15 percent, Pulse.com.gh has gathered.

“If any driver has increased transport fares, then he has done so on his own accord. This country is governed by laws, and we have not made any announcement of an increase in transport fares," Mr Kuma told Citi FM.

"If we had, the media would have been the first to be informed. Transport fares will definitely be increased, but there is a formal process we have to go through before effecting any increases,” he added.

The Union on Thursday met with the transport minister to find a way out following groundswell of support by commercial drivers for transport fare to be increased.

The potential hike in transport fare is threatening the goodwill and solidarity the Akufo-Addo administration is enjoying.

The latest fuel increment has been attributed to the tumbling cedi, which has depreciated about 6 percent since January 7.

A litre of petrol is now selling between GHS4.25 and GHS4.39 while a litre of diesel is selling between GHS4.13 and GHS4.25.

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