National Chairman for the Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU), Nana Nimako Bresiama has called on road transport operators to stick to previously approved road transport fares in the face of an attempt by the National Concern Drivers Association of Ghana to increase fares in the coming days.
A statement issued on Monday under the signatures of Chairman William Osei and other executives indicated that the National Concerned Drivers Association of Ghana will increase passenger fares by 10% effective Monday February 22, 2021.
Their decision was informed by the increment of some taxes at the DVLA and the ports.
Members of the True Drivers Union have also warned that they would increase transport fares should authorities remain silent.
But speaking in an interview with Akoma FM’s Kofi Asante Ennin in Kumasi, National Chairman of the Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU), Nana Nimako Bresiama said a discussion on a possible increment in transport fares is subject to the swearing in of a substantive Minister for Transport.
“The GPRTU, all other transport unions and stakeholders will have to meet with the Transport Minister and the government to decide on a possible increment. It is unlawful for anyone to increase fares when there hasn’t been any such decision by the government in agreement with the GPRTU and other transport unions,” he said.
“We have not yet decided on an increment in passengers fares,” he stated.
He noted that All road transport operators, commuters and the general public stick to the existing transport fares.
Meanwhile, Parliament is in the process of vetting persons nominated by Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo for ministerial positions including the Minister nominated for transport, Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah.