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Transport fares Metro Mass maintains transport fares despite fuel hikes

The decision to maintain the current transport fares was in line with the company's social policy objectives

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State transport operator, Metro Mass Transport (MMT) has decided not to increase its fares despite recent increases in fuel prices.

The move, MMT said was in line with it social  policy objectives.

This comes after the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council sanctioned a 15% increase in transport fares effective February 1, 2016.

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According to the executives of the transport operators the increase was necessitated by the between 18 and 33% increase in fuel prices following the implementation of the energy sector levies Act on January 1, 2016.

This was also part of the policy of the transport review committee to review transport fares bi-annually , that is January and June every year.

The increment has since generated some criticisms from the National Petroleum Authority and the Transport ministry both calling for a reduction in the fares.

The Intercity STC coaches limited, another state transport operator on February 4 also took a decision not to increase its fares.

Meanwhile, the MMT in the statement announced the release of an additional 100 buses on the various routes in Greater Accra.

According to the statement, in addition to the existing number of routes, MMT buses will begin operations on 14 new routes effective Friday, 5th February, 2016.

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