Transport fares:15% increase is not enough- GPRTU

Some commercial transport operators have said the 15% increase in fare is not enough considering the fact that it had been about a yearlong before the current announced adjustment beginning Thursday April 6, 2017.

“I don’t think it is quite enough, we thought the minimum for the increase should have been not less than 25%, looking at the trend of increases in fuel since 2016 up till date”; Chairman of the Takoradi-Swedru branch of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Mr. Kwesi Ansah told Takoradi based Melody FM.

A release dated Monday April 3, 2017 from the Road Transport Operators the said the new fares will affect intra-city (trotro), inter-city (long distance), and taxi services.

The group said: “In line with the Administrative Instrument on public transport fares, the Road Transport Operators have reviewed the prices of the various elements that go into running of commercial transport services and have increased transport fares by 15%, the Road Transport Operators have therefore issued new road transport fares”.

Mr. Kwesi Ansah, noted that transport operators have an agreement with the Transport Ministry on price increase. “Every year, there should be a price review of transport fares looking at the market trends, and the new Executives did not do their job well…sat down idle for this thing to go over the drivers and car owners a year and over. So we think the 15% is quite minimal and below the belt”, he stressed.

There has been public outcry especially on social media regarding the action by the Road Transport Operators. Against the backdrop of a stable currency, the recent reduction in the price of fuel and announced scrapping of import tax on second hand spare parts; many are those who least expected the fare increase.  But Mr. Ansah argued that the policies outlined in the 2017 budget were yet to be executed.

“The budget was read I think last month, and there’s an indication that…lets maybe parliament approve. But we are still buying our parts at high cost, and the fuel that is coming down is coming down in pesewas, very insignificant, which is not going well with the transporters. So we feel we are being cheated”; he revealed. According to him, while other traders were increasing prices of their wares within the past year, “transporters had difficulty running the industry”.

By: Joe Bright Nyarko

Publish on Apt

Do you have any Social, informational, educational or entertaining stuff that should be featured on

Please submit your stories, pictures, and videos to us via WhatsApp: +233548388489 or click on the icon on your screen. Alternatively, email us:

RSS APO Group – Africa-Newsroom: latest news releases related to Africa

  • New social compact, transformative leadership will quicken Central Africa's economic diversification December 8, 2021
    Download logoA new social compact characterised by permanent dialogue between political and economic leaders and ‘beneficiaries’, would catalyse economic diversification in Central Africa, said some of the continent’s leaders from various fields, Monday. “We need to think big and small at the same time by shifting from our obsession for foreign direct investment to creating […]
  • MINUSMA condemns the attack which killed 7 peacekeepers in the Central region of Mali December 8, 2021
    Download logoThis morning, a MINUSMA logistics convoy hit an Improvised Explosive Device between Douentza and Sévaré on the Nationale Road 16, in Bandiagara region. Seven peacekeepers were killed, and three others seriously injured. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and Head of MINUSMA, Mr. El-Ghassim WANE, strongly condemned this cowardly attack and stresses […]
  • U.S. CDC Celebrates 20 years of Saving Lives in Nigeria December 8, 2021
    Download logoThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) celebrates the 20th anniversary of its establishment in Nigeria. The Nigeria country office was established in November 2001 to support the government of Nigeria to improve disease surveillance systems, build institutional competencies, and expand human resources for health capacities. At the 20th anniversary event, U.S. Embassy […]
  • U.S. Consulate, Partners Train 100 Police, Civil Defense Officers on Countering Gender Based Violence December 8, 2021
    Download logoOn Wednesday, the U.S. Consulate General concluded a three-day capacity building program for 100 police officers and civil defense operatives as part of efforts to counter gender-based violence in Nigeria. Supported by the U.S. Consulate General, the workshop was organized in partnership with the U.S.-based International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the […]
  • Coronavirus- Botswana: The U.S. Government Donates P2.9 million in COVID Isolation Facilities in Bobonong December 8, 2021
    Download logoThe U.S. government, through its Department of Defense (DoD), donated two isolation facilities worth over P2.9 million to the Botswana government in a handover ceremony in Bobonong.  The two facilities, constructed through the U.S. military Africa Command’s (USAFRICOM) Overseas Humanitarian, Disaster, and Civic Aid program, will support critical pandemic mitigation efforts in the region. […]
  • ECOWAS volunteers programme concludes 8th regional coordination council meeting December 8, 2021
    The ECOWAS Commission through the Department of Social Affairs and Gender has organized the eighth meeting of the ECOWAS Volunteers Programme Regional Coordination Council (EVP-RCC). The EVP was established in 2004 with the support of African Development Bank and the United Nations Volunteer Programme to build a pool of young men and women from the […]
  • WHO South Sudan conducts a consultation meeting with the Ministry of Health to review the draft 2022-2023 biennium plan December 8, 2021
    Download logoThe World Health Organization (WHO) South Sudan Country Office held a consultative meeting with the senior management of the Ministry of Health on 6 November 2021. The aim of the meeting was to align WHO workplans for 2022-2023 biennium with country priorities.  WHO plans in two-year cycles (biennium) with the current biennial plan 2020-2021 […]
  • Leadership nuggets to drive the implementation of industrial and economic diversification strategies in Central Africa December 8, 2021
    Download logoA high-level debate on the role of transformative leadership in implementing industrialisation and economic diversification strategies in Central Africa ended at the Kintele International Conference Centre near the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, Monday, with appeals for political predictability, adequate infrastructure, especially in energy provision, and a better segmented private sector. High-level speakers also laid emphasis […]
  • UN's top Envoy in South Sudan urges parties to make a fresh push for peace December 8, 2021
    Ahead of his briefing to the United Nations Security Council next week, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan, Nicholas Haysom, is urging political leaders to make a fresh push to fully implement the peace agreement so that free, fair, and peaceful elections can be held. Speaking at a press conference in the […]
  • Parliament acts against sexual abuse of young athletes December 8, 2021
    Download logoThe Portfolio Committee on Sports, Arts and Culture will no longer ignore the abuse and inappropriate violation of young athletes in South Africa. As a result, the committee has resolved to host a workshop on abuse, especially sexual abuse, against athletes. The Committee also called on sport federations to revisit their policies on sexual […]