The public has been urged by the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) to ignore a rumored increase in transportation costs starting on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
On Wednesday, a few transportation unions gave notice of their plan to raise prices by 30%.
Although the GPRTU supports an increase in transportation costs, it believes that before such a decision is made, the government must be consulted and other concerns must be considered.
Godfred Abulbire, the general secretary of the GPRTU, told the media that the organization’s leadership has started the procedures for such a dialogue with the Ministry of Transportation.
“Our position is that, fuel prices have gone up, which must be equated to fare increment. But that is not the only component we consider when adjusting prices.”
We concur because a committee has been formed to gather information for the report that will be given to the minister.
But deciding on a certain margin and schedule right away will spread panic and dread, he added.
He also bemoaned a sharp decline in the use of commercial road transportation as a result of rising transportation costs.
In May, transportation costs increased by 20 percent.
The nationwide average price for gasoline and diesel as of May 9, 2022, when the new rates went into effect, was GH9.41 for gasoline and GH11.12 for diesel.
At this time, the cost of gasoline per litre has surpassed GH11, while the cost of diesel per litre is currently over GH14 at most gas stations.