The National Chairman of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Nana Nimako Bresiama has stated that, under no circumstance would any Drivers Union increase transport fares without the approval from the higher authorities.
According to Nana Nimako, there are rules and regulations they have to follow before increasing transport fares in the country.
The National Drivers Association of Ghana has announced that from Monday, February 22, 2021, there will be a 10% increase in the fares for passengers who patronise their services.
According to the group, they are forced to make the adjustment as a result of the increment of some taxes at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the ports.
They explain that the service charge at DVLA has been increased to 15%, tariffs on spare parts increased to 40%, and tariffs on Lubricants increased by 25%.
“We the National Drivers Association of Ghana wish to announce to cherish clients that, there will be a 10% increment of passengers fare coming Monday 22/02/2021,” part of a press release from the group has said.
The association says it is calling on all Ghanaians to comply with the introduction of the new fares when they are introduced next week.
Meanwhile, in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, the National Drivers Association has charged drivers to ensure passengers put on a nose mask before they are allowed to board their vehicles.
Nana Nimako added that, Drivers alone cannot decide to increase transport fares.
“We will authomaticaly increase the transport fares but the drivers should have a little patients with them until the vetting committee approve Transport Minister designate, Hon. Kweku Ofori Asiamah”, he said in an interview with Kumasi based Akoma fm monitored by Africannewsgh.com.
He warned the Drivers not to take the law into their own hands and increase the transport fares coming Monday, February 22, 2021.