Transports Fares Up Today

Transport operators on Saturday announced that effective Monday July 14, transport fares would go up by 15%. The price of petrol (premium) saw the highest increase up 23.08 percent. This means a litre of the commodity, which currently sells at GH¢2.73 per litre from Monday sell at GH¢3.36 a litre. Kerosene saw an increase of 23.75 percent and diesel 22.01 percent. Diesel currently sells at 268.00 pesewas per litre but the price at the pumps will be sold at 327.00 pesewas from tomorrow. Premix fuel increased by 25.60 per cent to GH¢1.57 per litre. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) saw an upward increase of 15.68 percent, selling now at GH¢3.32 per litre according to the latest NPA figures. This would be the third time the NPA has increased fuel prices this year alone. The new fare announced Saturday, was reached after consultations between the Transport Ministry and the transport operators represented by the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC). A joint statement to that effect was issued by the General Secretaries of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC), Stephen K. Okudzeto and Alhaji Aliu Baba respectively. The releases noted, the new transport fares cover intra-city (Trotro), inter-city (Long Distance) as well as Taxi Cabs. The statement urged transport operators to strictly comply and charge only approved fares as well as publish them at the various transport terminals to avoid any confrontation with passengers.