The Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU) has dismissed suggestions that they lower transportation fares.
Despite lower fuel prices, the union claims that transportation fares cannot be reduced.
Abass Moro, Public Relations Officer of GPRTU, said on the Ghana Kasa show on Kasapa 102.5FM/Agoo TV on Tuesday that the recent small percentage reduction in fuel prices does not imply a reduction in transport fares for the time being because the prices of vehicle spare parts continue to rise.
However, he added that if fuel prices rise, the transportation union will raise transportation fares.
According to Abass Moro, the GPRTU will only consider lowering transportation fares if a litre of fuel is sold for GHC10.00.
“If any member of the public is expecting a reduction in transport fares following the recent reduction in fuel prices, that person should forget it for now. The public would rather appeal to the government to reduce fuel prices to GHC10.00 per litre, which would at least be reasonable. Once that is done, then there will be some reduction in transport fares
The Association of Passengers in Ghana (APG) recently called on the mother association of driver unions – the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC), and the Ministry of Transport (MoT) – to immediately review transport fares and adjust them downwards to reflect market prices of petrol and diesel.
The group made the decision after recent decreases in gasoline and diesel prices, which are not reflected in public transportation fares.