The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has directed transport operators to continue charging their current fares as they engage the government on its decision to increase fares by 20%.
The communication was made after a meeting between the union and the Ministry of Transport ended inconclusively.
The Industrial Relations Officer of the union, Abass Imoro, who spoke to some journalists said he was hoping for a resolution as their engagement with the government continues.
“We made our grievances known, and they also told us their side. Finally, we have to go back and have another meeting. We will use your medium to tell our people [drivers] that where we have got to, we are pleading that they should still maintain what we are taking for now until we come out very clearly,” Imoro said.
The GPRTU had wanted to increase transport fares following the high cost vehicle parts and the recently passed Emissions Levy Bill by Parliament which imposes an annual fee of GH¢100 on all owners of petrol and diesel cars.
The government aims to promote the use of environmentally friendly energy sources for vehicle power through this tax, aligning with its commitment to climate-positive actions and carbon offset initiatives.
In response to these developments, the GPRTU has petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, urging reconsideration of the Emission Levy Bill.