The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has announced a 10 per cent increase in transport fares.
The increase will take effect on Monday, June 4, 2018 and cuts across all categories of services.
According to the Vice Chairman of the GPRTU, Robert Saba, the increase has been necessitated due to rising cost of fuel as well as other costs in providing the services.
He told Accra-based Citi FM that “the spare parts have gone up and it is not the fuel alone that we use in calculating our fares. Looking at the current situation, the spare parts have gone up and it demands an increase in lorry fares. Almost every part that we use [the price] has gone up.”
“We have fought hard not to increase the fares. The tyres that we use, the rings that we buy in overhauling our vehicles, the bearings; almost everything has gone up. With this, we have no choice but to increase fares to mitigate the impact,” he explained further.
Mr Saba, therefore, appealed to members of the Union to comply with the new fares and directed that they post the new fares at their loading terminals.