Transport fares likely to go up next week

Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Isaac Essel
Date: 16-01-2014 Time: 01:01:23:pm

Transport operators across the country have hinted of a possible increase in transport fares from next week.

The last time transport fares experienced upward adjustment was in September 14, 2013. The soon to be expected increment follows Thursday's increases in fuel prices.

The price of petrol has been increased by 6 percent. Kerosene saw the highest increase of 19 percent and Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) has also gone up by 8.73 percent. The current ex-pump price for Gas oil is GHc2.26 a litre, the new price will now be GHc2.42 per litre. Premix fuel, however, saw no change in price. It will still sell at GHc1.16 a litre.

Joy News' visit to some bus terminals revealed that drivers are yet to increase transport fares.

John Awuah, GPRTU Welfare Chairman at the Neoplan Station in Accra, explained that in the event of fuel increment, the national secretariat would have to be contacted first so that they can engage the TUC to come out with the appropriate fares.

"But as at now we have not increased anything at all, whether trotros, taxis, long distance running, cargo; nobody has increased fares by a pesewa...we hope for an increase say two or three percent."

Head of the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council, GRTCC, Ben Peprah Amoabeng told Joy News drivers have been asked to hold on with any increment for now.

"We are now putting things together to see how best we can come out with our fares, most likely next week," he announced.

Meanwhile, some drivers are complaining that they sometimes feel cheated at the various fuel stations because most of the stations delay in adjusting their pumps to read the new prices whenever there is an increment in the price of petroleum products.

But the Public Relations Officer of the National Petroleum Authority, Yaro Kasambata said it would take a "little while" for fuel stations to adjust their pumps.

He said consumers who felt cheated by the manual calculation have a choice to buy from a different station that is fast in adjusting its pumps.

However, he said the Authority's monitoring team would be on the ground to ensure that the right thing is done.

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