Commercial drivers have hinted that transport fares may increased if prices of fuel hit ¢17.00 or more in the coming days.
Mr Amoah Samuel, the National Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Ghana Private Road Transport Unions (GPRTU) made this known on Friday, 3rd February, 2023, in an interview on Trust FM’s Agoo Ghana show.
The increment, according to Mr. Amoah is necessary due to high prices of vehicle spare parts, insurance, lubricants and mechanical services.
“Spare parts, lubricant and items that we use for our business are still on the rise, nobody forces them to reduce them like they do to us,” Mr. Amoah said.
As part of monitoring and sensitizing the public ahead of a possible increase, Mr. Amoah stated that “we cannot tell exactly how much to add, but should the fuel price increase to ¢17.00 and above, we shall increase fares.”
As at Friday, a liter of both diesel and petrol are sold at GH¢15.25 at Shell selling pumps.
In December 2023, the National Road Transport Coordinating Council and GPRTU has increased fare price by 15.3% nationwide.