Consumer Chamber Demands Reduction In Fares Amid Petroleum Price Fall

There have been some falls in Petroleum products which are selling at 2% less than their previous prices from Monday February 1, 2016.

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Wpid Buying Petrol At Filling Station
Wpid Buying Petrol At Filling Station

Diesel has been reduced by 4%, while Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) has seen a 9% fall in price.

wpid-Buying-petrol-at-filling-station.jpgPetrol will now sell at the pump at GHS3.393 per litre from GHS3.465 while diesel will sell at GHS3.151 from GHS3.281.

The Chamber for Consumer Protection and Public Safety has demanded an immediate reversal of the 15% transport fare hike that takes effect from today, Monday February 1, 2016 after the approval by the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC).

Industry players indicated that the new fares are as a result of the increase in the prices of petroleum products, a domino effect of the passage of the energy sector levy by parliament, which invariably caused the prices of petroleum products to shoot up by 27% as of January 4, 2016.

A gallon of petrol now sells around GHS15.40 pesewas with diesel going for GHS14.50 pesewas. The price of LPG has also gone up by about 18 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) had also warned all its members to desist from increasing transport fares until new fares were announced after negotiations.

In a statement jointly signed by Anthony Morrison, Executive Director; and Stephen Kwabena Attuh, Deputy Executive Director, Communications, the Chamber, they stated that, “We are outraged by this latest increase, more because the prices at the pump for various petroleum products are expected to see a reduction effective today 1st February, 2016. We have taken cognisance of the fact that petrol prices went up by some 28% this year, which would have warranted a commensurate increase in transport fares.”

“However, the Chamber had equally taken note of the fact that prices at the pump remained lower than they were in July 2015 before the increase of fare by transport operators…. The Chamber remained cognisant of the fact that soon after the increase in transport fares in July 2015, prices of fuel kept going down consistently. This had resulted in transport operators making windfall profits.”

The Chamber also noted that it has become a constant worry for the Chamber, the speed of light with which businesses in the country would not hesitate shifting cost to the poor consumer.

“The drive and desire for profit is causing the business man to mount unbearable pressure on the already burdened Ghanaian. We are, with this statement, demanding an immediate reversal of the announced 15% increase in transport fares as we deem it unwarranted and inappropriate to the ordinary consumer,” it said.

The Chamber also mentioned that they are convinced beyond every reasonable doubt that, should prices remain where they are, the transport operators would still make profit worthy enough to sustain their business.

Source: Newsghana.com.gh

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