A 10% increase in transport fares has been announced by Road Transport Operators in the country.
The increment, which comes as a result of rising fuel prices, will take effect from today, June 4.
In a statement issued on Friday, the operators urged transport owners to comply with the new fares and post same at their loading terminals so as to avoid any confrontation with the travelling public.
“In line with the Administrative Arrangement on Public Transport Fares, the Roads Transport Operators have reviewed the prices of the various components that go into the running of commercial transport service and have increased public transport fares by 10% across all categories of services. This is to accommodate predominantly increase in the price of fuel,” it said.
The Fares cover intra- city (tro-tro), intercity (long distance) and shared Taxis.
The operators claim that they had over the years borne increases in fuel prices for some time now, but can no longer absorb it.
They said even though they would have preferred an increase of 15%, they agreed to make it 10% due to government’s assurance to do all it could to prevent steep rises in input costs.
“The government has assured us that it will continue with the effort to prevent a steep rise in input cost. We, therefore, encourage the government to keep to its commitment in this regard,” the operators said.
By: Emmanuel Yeboah Britwum