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DISREGARD 20% HIKE IN TRANSPORT FARES – Ministry

The Ministry of Transport has asked the public to disregard reports of a purported hike in cost of public transportation across the country.

The Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU), in a statement on Wednesday revealed that at a national management meeting held at the Trades Union House on 16th January, 2024, it was resolved that transport fares be adjusted upwards by 20% across all loading points of the Union effective 24th January, 2024.

“This has become necessary as a result of excessive taxes on spare parts adversely affecting our operations due to hike in its prices,” parts of the statement from GPRTU read.

But in response to this announcement from GPRTU, the Ministry of Transport has urged the public to pay the preexisting cost in spite of the projected charges that may be imposed by commercial drivers in the coming days.

“There has not been any negotiation with the transport operators for a review of transport fares” the Ministry stated.

It added that when it becomes necessary for such negotiations and decisions are taken, the public will be appropriately informed, as has been done in the past.

The Ministry of Transport says it will continue to ensure “fair and reasonable public transport fares, keeping in mind the needs of transport operators and the general public.”

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