Government cautions transport operators to desist from increasing fares until negotiations are completed

Commuters to expect another transport fare increase next week
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Major transport operators in the country say they are waiting patiently for the outcome of negotiations between government, GPRTU and the Transport Council.

Checks by GBC News showed that long-distance transport operators at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle namely, STC, VIP JEUON and the Neoplan Driver’s Union have not increased their fares. They have appealed to their colleague drivers not to jump the gun by arbitrarily increasing fares before negotiations are completed.

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and the Ghana Road transport coordinating council have been in talks with government over a review in transport fares. Transport operators have been pushing for a 20 percent increase.

Interacting with them, the various operators noted that they are keenly following the negotiations and will abide with the final decision arrived at.

Adakabre Frimpong Manso who speaks for VIP JEUON transport says there will be a human face to any price adjustment.

Traffic Manager at STC, Accra office, David Ampah Korsah says the word of the three-party meeting will be binding on them as well.

For his part, the first trustee of the Neoplan driver’s Union, John Tetteh appealed to vehicle owners to bear with their drivers.

It is anticipated that with the long period the negotiations have taken, passengers will be well aware of the new fares when they come into effect to avoid the usual confusion that greets fare increment.


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