Some commercial drivers at bus terminals at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra are already charging 20% more on transport fares ahead of the expected increment in transport fares by the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) on Friday.
The GPRTU said the announcement to authorize various operators to review transport fares upwards follows the continuous hikes in fuel prices.
Citi News’ checks at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle; a major transport terminal in Accra showed that fares from Circle to Dodowa have been increased from 9 cedis to 11 cedis.
There was also an 80 pesewas increase in transport fares from Circle to Dansoman
Citi News interacted with passengers who are bearing the brunt of this development.
“My fare was increased from 8 to 11 cedis. It is very disturbing because as I am talking now, our allowances are not in,” a passenger complained.
“Initially, the charge was 2.90 pesewas. I just found out 20 pesewas has been added” another said
Drivers believe the increment is the only way to sustain their operations.
They want the government to reduce prices on petroleum products to salvage the situation.
Transport fares were increased by 15 percent in February when fuel prices averaged GH¢6.4 per litre
Both commercial and private drivers, as well as other stakeholders, have urged the government to scrap some taxes on fuel to cushion consumers.