Transport fares up by 15%

Transport Unions across the country have agreed to a 15 percent increase in transport fares.

The agreement was reached at a meeting Monday, April 3, 2017, with the Transport Ministry.

The new fares will take effect on Thursday, April 5, 2017.

The Ghana Transport Coordinating Council says it is Tuesday morning beginning to sensitise transport operators on the new fares.

Acting General Secretary of the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council Andrews Kwesi Kwakye said a list of prices of various destinations would be made available to motorists as the increment takes effect on Thursday.

In the past, there have been arguments and fights between commuters and transport operators when transport fares have gone up.

Passengers accuse drivers and conductors of charging more than the approved fares resulting in heated exchanges and sometimes fisticuffs.

In order to forestall this, the unions have calculated the fares for the various destinations and intend to display same in buses.

Nonetheless, some Ghanaians on social media believe the 15% hike is unjustified.

They point to a stabilizing local currency, the cedi, and marginal reductions in fuel cost to back their argument.

The new fares have, however, come to stay.

The transport owners point out that the last time transport fares were increased was in February 2016.

It has been more than a year since, they maintain, noting that fuel prices have over that period seen a significant increase.

It is, therefore, only fair for the fares to go up, they insist.  

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