The Industrial Relations Officer of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) in the Eastern Region, Alhaji Alhassan has advised drivers to exercise restraint over the recent increase in fuel prices at the pump.  

Transport operators are demanding an upward adjustment in transport fares following the recent fuel hike, which brought the average price of fuel at the pump to approximately GH₵ 6. 020 per litre.

However, Mr Alhassan said the leadership of the country’s largest transport union was still engaging stakeholders over the matter to ensure any that any adjustment of fares reflected the real situation.

Speaking with the Ghana News Agency in Koforidua, he said the Union was yet to finalise negotiations with the government and other stakeholders.

“When everything is done they will communicate to us whether the fares will go up or remain the same.”

He was optimistic that the government would accept their requesting, considering the difficult economic conditions and high cost of vehicle spare parts.

Mr Alhassan said they were considering several factors, including the government’s marginal reduction in fuel prices.

He added that the Union had been advised to wait for further engagement and negotiations before any adjustments in transport fare are made.

Mr James Sarpong, a taxi driver told GNA that, for now, “the fare is still the same and that there has not been any increment yet.”

“However, we are waiting on our leaders to come out with their final decision before we can do anything.”