First Vice Chairman of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Mr. Emmanuel Nii Ankrah says the union has not increased transport fares as reported by some media outlets.
He, however, indicates there is an ongoing discussion between stakeholders for a possible increment.
He was speaking to Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm.
He advised members to exercise restraint as their leaders are currently engaging with the Transport Ministry over the matter.
He said every six months, transport fares are reviewed, and as the discussion is ongoing, the leadership would be mindful of what will benefit both drivers and passengers.
He also bemoaned the increment in motor parts, a situation he noted is affected drivers and their activities.
The Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC) in January this year asked the government to introduce measures to stop the increase in fuel prices.
According to the Chamber, fuel prices have shot up from Ghc 4.670 to Ghc 5.10 per litre within the spate of a month.
It said although these increases cannot be directly attributed to a deliberate governmental action, authorities have a responsibility to put in place measures to forestall them.
It was their view that the Outlook for the first quarter of the year certainly looks tough as prices are expected to continue rising.
Copec had preempted this as far back as October 2020 and called for decisive national planning, action and policies from our authorities in ensuring these expected increases of prices on the international market is planned for using strategic state entities like TOR and BOST to ensure there’s adequate stock to manage, during these periods of sustained increases.
It argued that the heat of our elections didn’t possibly allow for effective planning as we are currently left with little options than to pass on these increases at the pumps though the economic effects of Covid-19 continue to remain dire on Ghanaians.