Following the recent drop in fuel prices, the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has unequivocally indicated that it has no intention of lowering transportation costs.
The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), the Ghana Road Transport Cordinating Council (GRTCC), and the Ministry of Transport (MoT) have been urged by the Association of Passengers in Ghana (APG) to review and immediately reduce transportation fees to reflect current market prices for gasoline and diesel.
According to the organisation, this will help travellers from Ghana.
The decision was reached after the price of petrol and diesel had recently declined, but it was not reflected in the cost of using public transportation.
“Our checks from some energy institutions such as COPEC and the IES have revealed that the fuel prices will further decline in the coming days, hence our call,” Afia Kwarteng Asamani, the convenor of the Association, had remarked in a news statement.
Diesel costs around Gh18.86 per litre, compared to about Gh15.41 for a litre of petrol.
To guarantee that the passenger is not constantly made to suffer the burden of fuel price increases but also made to experience respite whenever there is a fall in costs, they are thus urging the transport unions to take the necessary action as soon as it is practical.
Abass Moro, the GPRTU’s public relations officer, stated during an interview with the media that the ongoing rise in the cost of auto parts prevents the recent modest percentage drop in gasoline prices from immediately translating into lower transportation costs.
But he also said that the transport union would raise transportation costs if gasoline prices rose at all.
According to Abass Moro, the GPRTU will only consider lowering transportation costs if a litre of petroleum costs GHC10.00.
“Any member of the public who is anticipating a decrease in transportation costs as a result of the recent drop in fuel prices should put that expectation on hold for the time being”.
Instead, the populace should call on the government to lower fuel costs to GHC10.00 per litre, which is at least fair.
There will be a little decrease in transportation costs once that is accomplished.
Source: Ghanatodayonline.com/Louis Gyamerah