The nationwide sit-down strike by the commercial transport operators is already biting hard on commuters as many have been left stranded at various bus terminals.
The Coalition of Commercial Transport Owners withdrew its services asking government to scrap some taxes on fuel to reduce the price at the pumps.
Among other demands, the group wants government to take off taxes like the Price Stabilization and Recovery Levy, Special Petroleum Tax, the Energy Recovery Debt Levy and the Sanitation levy.
This has led to a sharp increase in the prices charged by ride-hailing service companies including Bolt, Uber and Yango, with many people distressed over the effects it is going to have on productivity.
A ride from Ashaley Botwe to Airport, which used to cost approximately ¢26, is now going for an amount of ¢80. commuters.
Due to the increased demand for rides, it cost a passenger an amount of ¢91 to travel from Lapaz to Tema. The same journey used to be between ¢50 and ¢60.
#joysms the Uber and Bolt drivers are taking advantage of the situation at hand increasing their prices anyhow,from Nungua going ministries Uber is charging 70 to 100gh cedis— @Ranzy_tettehson (@RansTettehson) December 6, 2021
A ride from Academic City to Atomic currently costs ¢31, a significant increase from the previous amount of ¢15 or ¢20.
Kumasi Bolt Drivers extort citizens on a good day, Today deeeeeeir no be small slave extortion ooo like from Ayeduase to Edum your man say 80 cedis— SALTPOND TIGERWOODℹ (@Arthurockgh) December 6, 2021
In another instance, a ride that usually goes for GH¢28.00 is now pegged at GH¢58.00.
Have u guys checked the prices of bolt today? Ei. This is usually 28cedis oo 🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/eTRQJVcD1t— Kwesi Picasso Holic 🐺 (@Donsarkcess) December 6, 2021
A twitter user complained about having to pay GH¢50.00 from Madina to Legon, a ride which would have ordinarily cost roughly GH¢5.00.
Madina to Legon 50 cedis? Herh Bolt😂😂😂— Nungua Cardi B💕 (@elly_serwaaa1) December 6, 2021
Some social media users noted that the prices of Yango were quite manageable; however, there were no cars available when they ordered for the ride.
Already, Uber and Bolt are trending on social media over the price hikes. Stranded passengers scrambling for transportation took to twitter to share their frustrations over the increment in the fares.
Here are some reactions by social media users on the situation.
If I’m using this amount of money on bolt just to get to my workplace every five days, them I’m sorry,let me just stay at home. What kind of nonsense is this. Its hard time the government takes our drivers seriously. pic.twitter.com/wzoRO7YkCV— She lhip tea (@lhip_tea) December 6, 2021
Fake surges on ride hailing apps— Mo-Mo💙 (@Morris_Monye) December 6, 2021
Uber and Bolt surges even at 4am are fictitious.
This is something the House of Reps would investigate if they know what they are doing.
Everything happens for a reason!— Elvis 🇬🇭 (@Kayjnr10) December 6, 2021
Today is cocoa season for the uber and bolt drivers in Accra. If you like, dont order and see 😂😂🤣
You people are ordering bolt to the workplace for 100gh? Eii na do you work at a gold factory?— Elvis 🇬🇭 (@Kayjnr10) December 6, 2021
Masa stay home and sleep😂🤣
Today is a market day for bolt and Uber drivers as well as Okada riders since our local commercial drivers has decided to go on strike 😩🤲— MANHIMSELF🎭 (@manhimself__) December 6, 2021
I opened the bolt app,checked the prices and laughed out aloud— big wolf. (@JooojoAddo) December 6, 2021
So bolt decided to increase their fare 🤦🏾♀️ unless I walk to work 😂— Naa Melanin🕸⚽️ (@NaaMelanin) December 6, 2021
As trotro drivers dey on strike, no be small people dem make stranded for road side today. Uber and bolt to cashout aggressively— Dr. King Uchiha Winter🕊 (@I_Am_Winter) December 6, 2021
The prices these bolt and uber drivers dey charge from Sofoline to Adum yi de3 afit take buy brand new fat strong horse oo— Bla Yaw✝🇬🇭 (@obrempong__) December 6, 2021
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