Transport Fares Set To Increase By 15% On Saturday
Deputy Minister for Transport, Titus Glover says effective Saturday 11th July 2020, transport fares would see an increment irrespective of the distance covered across the country.
According to him, the increment will be across board i.e Taxis, Trotro, Long Distance Vehicles and Cargo Trucks.
Speaking on an Accra-based radio station, the Deputy Transport Minister said “Government took the decision in relation to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on drivers due to the social distancing protocol they observe in their vehicles and this has really affected their sales in this unusual time”
He added that the idea of increment was initiated by the leadership of a group known as Concerned Drivers Union who threatened to increase the fare by 30 percent due to the increase in fuel prices.
Mr. Glover stated that the various Drivers Union presented a petition to the Ministry on Monday and were promised that the issue will be looked into.
He further explained that after a meeting with the Transport Ministry and other stake holders, the request for increment was granted.
“We have all agreed that indeed the drivers have helped in observing the Covid-19 protocols. It is for this reason that we have agreed to increase the fares” Mr Glover said.
He added that the drivers have also agreed to continue observing the COVID-19 protocols as stipulated by the President.
Story by: Bervelyn Henrietta Allotey