A driver showing the toll ticket
DAILY GUIDE has gathered that some commercial drivers, who cross the Volta River using the new Senchi Ferry at the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region, have arbitrarily increased their fares thereby creating a chaotic situation at the site.
According to the drivers, the increase was necessitated by the high charges imposed by the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) to ferry their vehicles across the Volta Lake at Senchi to Old Akrade. The GHA had also raised the charges due to the high cost of fuelling the ferry and maintenance.
Motorists pay GH¢1.00 and GH¢85.00 for motorbikes and low loader with dozer D9 respectively. Other charges include GH¢10.00 for saloon cars and tricycles; GH¢10.00 for 4×4 pickups and mini-buses; GH¢15.00 for light and 33-seater buses and KIA trucks while the VIP and Metro Mass Transit buses, as well as 26-axle tipper trucks, pay GH¢20. 00.
Ambulances, diplomatic convoys, the security services, Fire Service, Red Cross, and Red Crescent vehicles are exempted because they enjoy the same privileges pertaining to road tolls, the paper learnt.
DAILY GUIDE observed that drivers were charged between GH¢10 and GH¢20, depending on the weights of their vehicles, before they (vehicles) were ferried across the Lower Volta at Senchi as against the GH¢1.00 and GH¢2.00 they paid to cross the Adomi Bridge at Atimpoku.
Some of the drivers explained to DAILY GUIDE that the new charges needed to be transferred to the travelling public as they were too high for them to bear.
One Driver, Setho, told this paper that the fare between Accra and Ho, which used to be GH¢12.00, is now GH¢14.00; and that from Accra to Hohoe had increased from GH¢14.00 to GH¢16.00.
The paper learnt that some of the drivers who commute between Kpong and Juapong had increased their fares and the travelling public would have to brace themselves up to pay more in future when prices of petroleum products were reviewed upward.
Some of the commuters complained bitterly to DAILY GUIDE at the ferry landing site about the new transportation fares they were charged to pay, which they noted would greatly affect their income if the situation should persist.
However, the Chairmen of the various transport unions told this reporter that the Ministry of Roads and Highways did not consult and inform them before closing the Adomi Bridge and appealed for a reduction of the fees charged at the ferry stations.
The union representatives also called for the construction of new bridges to create alternative access routes to the northern parts of the country.
The GHA currently operates two ferries, each loading at the same time at either end of the landing site. The 300-tonne capacity vessel conveys an average of 16 vehicles and over 100 passengers at a time and takes less than eight minutes from one landing site to the other.
From Bampoe Daniel, Senchi Ferry Site
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