Accra, Feb. 21, GNA – The Kaneshie Taxi and Mini-Bus Drivers say the new lorry fare list issued to them by the Regional Executives of the Ghana Private Roads Transport Union (GPRTU) is not in their favour. The drivers complained that because the Metro Mass Transport Buses ply their routes members were charging reduced fares before the adjustment in prices following the increased in the price of petroleum products.
Mr Kwame Badu Nimo, Secretary of the Union stressed that the fares were already low and the recent increment had not improved the situation of members.
He made this known to the National New Transport Fares monitoring and Enforcement Committee in Accra on Wednesday.
The Committee toured some offices of the GPRTU to monitor and update officials of the union on the new transport fares.
MrNimo complained about disparities in the fares.
He said while drivers plying Kaneshie-Tema, and Kaneshie –Nsawam are charging GH¢2.00, those of them operating between Kaneshie and Kasoa are still collecting GH¢ 1.50.
MrNimo appealed to the authorities to correct the abnormally to improve the economic fortunes of the drivers and also encourage them put their cars and buses on the road.
“Right now, the drivers are refusing to ply the road because their operations are not yielding any profit,” he said.
Similar concerns were also raised by Madam Margaret G. Amoah, Chairperson of the Kaneshie-Oda Branch of the Union.
At the Cocoa Marketing Board lorry Station, Mr John Kwame Amanfo, Vice Chairman of the Cape-Coast-Mankesem Branch of the GPRTU, expressed disappointment that the regional executives failed to provide its branches with the fare list on time.
This made the branch executives to rely on a publication in newspapers to decide fares for their drivers and that it is difficult for them to reverse the decision.
AlhajiAliyu Baba, Head of the Committee said it had come to the notice of the body that some drivers had taken undue advantage of the increase in petroleum products to also charge arbitrary lorry fares.
He explained that the 20 per cent announced by government on petroleum products was not meant only for petrol but it also covered spare parts, lubricants, tyres and other essential items needed for the efficient operation of vehicles.
He said the actual percentage increase on petrol price was only five per cent and so it was wrong for drivers to work their fares on the 20 per cent.
Alhaji Baba appealed to the executives of the two stations to provide their drivers with copies of the new fares list and also placed them on their notice board for passengers to sight and make informed choices.