After increasing fuel prices GPRTU warns transport operators not to increase fares

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA), last Saturday increased petroleum products by 9% with effect from Sunday, May 17, 2015

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The Ghana Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has warned transport operators in the country not to increase fares in spite of an increment in petroleum products.

A statement jointly signed by the General Secretaries of GPRTU and the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC), Stephen K. Okudzeto and Alhaji Aliyu Baba respectively, urged transport operators “not to increase transport fares pending the midyear review of transport fares which is scheduled for June, 2015”.

The National Petroleum Authority (NPA), last Saturday increased petroleum products by 9% with effect from Sunday, May 17, 2015. Petrol will now be sold at GHc3.33 per litre while Diesel will be sold at GHc3.24 per litre. A kilogram of LPG is expected to be sold at GHc2.88, MGO Local will go up GHc2.96. Unified petroleum is expected to go up by 4% while Kerosene will be up by 9%. However, prices of premix fuel and RFO remain the same.

Despite the increment, GPRTU insists that fares should not be increased.

“It is the policy of the Transport Fares Review Committee to review transport fares bi-annually that is, January and June every year.”

“Members are therefore kindly requested to maintain the current fares until the June 2015 review. We further ask all transport operators, commuters and the General Public to cooperate with us until the June 2015 review”, the statement noted.

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