Transport fares go up by 20 percent

Transport fares are now set to go up by an average of 20 percent from this Saturday.

The Road Transport Co-ordinating Council took the decision on Tuesday following discussions with government and transport operators.

The discussions have been ongoing since the fuel price hikes in July.

General Secretary of the Ghana Road Transport Co-ordinating Council, Alhaji Aliu Baba told Joy News, right after the last increase in petroleum products, the Council sought the services of a consultant and came out with a new model of increasing lorry fares.

A proposal was therefore forwarded to the Transport Ministry for study but its implementation was suspended due to the Supreme Court hearing, he said.

He said after the ministry has agreed with portions of their proposal, 14th September 2013 was agreed upon, for the new fares to take effect.

He disclosed that it has also been agreed for fares to be increased twice every year, unlike in the past where transport fares are increased once fuel prices go up.

The next review to determine any possible upward adjustment of fares would be in December, he announced.

The new fares would be published soon for commuters to appreciate how much they are supposed to pay, the General Secretary promised.

Meanwhile, Joy News has gathered that some commercial drivers especially in Accra have already started increasing their fares.

Joy News’ Michaela Anderson visited the Kwame Nkrumah Circle transport terminal in Accra and was told by the General Secretary of the local transport union, Usman Abdul Karim, that they received a letter on Wednesday asking them to increase the fares by 20% from today.

For instance, from Circle to Kaneshie which used to be 50p is now 60p. Other areas from Circle are as follows: Odorkor 60p to 90p, Awoshie GHc1.20 to GHc1.50, Dansonman 90p to GHc1.10, Malam 90p to GHc1.10 and Santa Maria 90p to GHc1.10.

Most drivers Joy News spoke to were excited about the increment, while passengers were obviously dissatisfied with the new fares.