The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has dismissed claims suggesting a 30 per cent increment in transport fares.

According to the Union, the said percentage is a proposed upward adjustment, awaiting government’s approval.

On Wednesday, GPRTU issued a statement indicating its decision to increase transport fares by 30 percent effective September 21.

However, clarifying on Joy FM’s Newsnite, a member of GPRTU’s Communication Team, Samuel Amoah, said the Union cannot increase transport fares without consulting government.

Thus, the communique was to inform the Transport Ministry of a looming upward adjustment.

And now that has been accomplished, Mr Amoah said the Union will engage the Ministry to finalise the suitable amount transport fares should be reviewed to.  

“The 30 per cent increment is now a proposed one, we are yet to meet the Transport Ministry to have a deliberation on it before we finally come out.

“So hopefully, it may happen that they would agree or there will be some reductions,” he said on Wednesday’s interview.

Already, GPRTU had described as alarming the recent hikes in prices of petroleum products in the country. 

Fuel prices at the local pumps shot up by about 5.4 per cent from September 1, 2022, with petrol and diesel trading at an average of ¢11.55 and ¢14.50 respectively. 

At the beginning of the year, petrol and diesel were trading at an average of ¢6.9 and ¢7.0 per litre respectively. 

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