Transport fares are up by 30% despite an assurance by the government that there will be an increment of 15 percent, effective Saturday, July 11, 2020.
Independent checks by UPSANEWSROOM.com at some stations at Lapas, Kwame Nkrumah Circle and Madina show the drivers begun exacting the 30% increment from passengers from the early hours of Tuesday.
Per the 30% increment, a transport fare from Lapas to American House which was GHS3.00 is now GHS4.00, representing an increment of GHS1.00.
“We cannot do anything about it. If you have concerns go and see our leaders,” a trotro driver at Lapas told UPSANEWSROOM.com.
The driver went ahead to draw out a paper showing a tall list of new fares he claimed had been determined by the executives of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) of the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
This development heavily contradicts an assurance made by the Transport Ministry that the fares would go up by July 11, 2020.
Deputy Transport Minister, Titus Glover had said: “We have all agreed that the indeed the drivers have helped in observing the Covid-19 protocols. It is for this reason that we have agreed to increase the fares.”
“This cuts across board, taxis, trotros, long distance vehicles and cargo trucks. It takes effect from Saturday, July 11, 2020,” Mr Glover added.
But the fares have already gone up sparking the usual fights between drivers and their mates on the one hand and passengers on the other hand.