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Passengers stranded as commercial drivers strike over high fuel prices

Thousands of commuters in the Greater Accra area are finding it difficult to get vehicles to work on Monday morning following agitations by drivers.

The drivers have parked their cars to protest the high fuel prices in the country, thereby affecting productivity in the national capital.

Residents of Adenta, Ashaiman, Kasoa, Amasaman, Achimota and Tema were seen at various bus stops and lorry parks during Monday’s rush hour waiting for public transport (trotros).

Drivers in the area said the government had ignored their concerns over the escalating fuel prices.

“We’ve witnessed fuel price increment at least 17 times this year yet we are told not to increase our fares. Within the period, maintenance fee, spare parts prices have increased so how do we make profits?,” Karim Moro, a trotro driver at Madina told Power FM News Monday.

The government has intervened with the Bus Rapid Transit.

An official said the BRT has released over 100 buses to help commute passengers to prevent unproductivity in the critical sectors of the economy.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Private Roads Transport Union and other driver unions are asking the government to scrap some taxes on fuel to make their work easy.

 

Source: Myxyzonline.com|Ghana

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