The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) announced an increment in the prices of fuel on Monday the 2nd of September,
after the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) directed the Oil Marketing Companies to start applying the revised Energy Sector Levies.
The National Petroleum Agency’s (NPA) directive is as announced in the Supplementary Budget presented by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Attah. The budget review saw un upward adjustment in the Road Fund Levy(RFL), the Energy Debt Recovery Levy (EDRL) and the Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levy (PSRL).
The last time fuel prices hit ridiculous percentages, the concerned drivers and transport union members agitated for an increment in transport fares as a way to lessen ths increase and its effect on the union.
The GPRTU in a reply raised the transport fares by 15% in April 2017.
Faced with a similar situation this year, the GPRTU isssued a press release yesterday to announce a 10% increase in Public transport fares.
Set to be effective on Monday, 16th of September, until further notice.
This increase is set to cover intracity travel, intercity travel and taxi cabs according to a statement from the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council.
In the few coming days, expect transport fares to shoot up, and know that this is part of a conscious effort by the GPRTU and the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council- “to accommodate predominantly an increase in fuel prices ” as said in a statement by the union.