Some commercial drivers have registered their protest to the tall list of taxes and levies imposed on petroleum products, arguing that minus those 18 taxes and levies, the price of a gallon of petrol should be sold at GHS16 at the pumps instead of the almost GHS30 it currently sells at.
Mr. David Agboado, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) and Vice-Chairman of Concerned Drivers Association made this revelation in an interview with Kwame Appiah Kubi on Accra100.5FM’s morning show Ghana Yensom on the back of a threat by commercial drivers to ground their vehicles on Thursday, 11 November 2021, over soaring fuel prices.
He listed some of the taxes and levies as Special Petroleum Tax, Primary Distribution Margin, Energy Debt Recovery Levy and the BOST Margin among others such as Energy Sector Recovery Levy, Sanitation and Pollution Levy, Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levy, Energy Fund Levy, Road Fund Levy, and Special Petroleum Tax.
Examples of the margins on fuel price are BOST Margin, Primary Distribution Margin, Fuel Marking Margin, Distribution Compensation Margin, Marketers Margin, Dealers/Retailers Margin, LPG Filling Plant/Premix/MGO-Local Admin Margin, he enumerated.
He said it took the leadership of the umbrella body of commercial drivers a long time to understand the rudiments of fuel pricing in the country with the help of the leadership of the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC).
Mr. Agboado noted that the education by COPEC has been an eye-opener for commercial drivers.
He said this is indicative that drivers, over the years, were just taken for granted.
“This is how our profession has been taken for granted by the political leadership of the country”, he decried.
According to him, commercial drivers are not interested in fare increases this year but rather want the taxes on fuel prices reduced or removed.
“All we are interested in is for the taxes to be removed for the drivers to have some respite in the transport sector”, he demanded.
“As drivers, we are reeling under the current fuel price hikes under the administration of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo”, he complained.
He was quick to warn colleague recalcitrant drivers who will not be observing Thursday’s strike that the leadership of the 16 drivers’ unions would be monitoring their activities and the needed penalties will be applied to them.