Mr Seth Tsedey, Vice-President, Northern Volta Cooperative Transport Society Limited, Hohoe has appealed to the government to scrap the five taxes and levies in the 2022 budget.
The five taxes and levies are- the Price Stabilization and Recovery Levy, the Special Petroleum Tax, Energy Sector Levy, Energy Debt Recovery Levy, and the Sanitation and Pollution Levy from the pump price of petroleum products.
He said the government had to listen to their plea and remove the taxes until things got better.
Mr Tsedey, in a media interview in Hohoe, said the removal of the taxes would prevent an increase in fares, which was likely to lead to high prices of commodities.
“We realise that if we should increase the lorry fares now, a ball of kenkey may even be sold for GH₵5.00 and if you get to the market to buy cassava, maize and others, prices of all those things will go high.”
Mr Tsedey said the Union participated in the December 6, nationwide sit-down strike to express their displeasure against the taxes and expressed the hope the government would listen to their plea.
The Secretary to the Union, Mr Ephraim Gudu, said, “the moment vehicle transportation fares are increased, it takes a snowballing effect.”