All modes of transportation, including intercity (trotro), intercity (long distance), and shared taxis, are affected by the new prices.
The Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU) said in a press release that the increase is to cover the increase in fuel prices that was announced in May 2021 after extensive negotiations with stakeholders.
“Upon consultations, government has assured us that it will continue with efforts to prevent a steep rise in input cost.
“Government had also assured as by a letter from the Ministry of Finance that the suspension of the quarterly income tax paid by owners of trotros and taxis will be extended to cover intercity commuter vehicles to reduce the operational cost. We, therefore, encourage government to keep to its commitment in this regard.”
This comes after the introduction of some taxes, as well as increases in margins by the National Petroleum Authority, the industry, and price increases on the international market, caused a 12 percent increase in pump prices in Ghana.
The National Petroleum Authority reversed its decision to raise the fuel margin to 17 pesewas per litre in response to public outcry.
In a communique dated May 4, NPA revealed that “the 17 pesewas per litre increase in fuel margins previously announced by the NPA has been reduced to 9 pesewas per litre.”
Following that, the GPRTU stated that they were in talks with the government about raising transportation fares, but Ghanaians should expect a 10% to 15% increase.
In the press release, they urged transport operators to stick to the proposed increase.
“We request members, commuters and the general public to kindly cooperate for the successful implementation of the new fares,” they added.