Transport fares have been announced by the Ghana Private Road Transport Union(GPRTU) that it will soon increase after the approval of the 2021 budget.
The National Chairman for GPRTU, George Opoku Mensah in a statement on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, stated that there are some taxes in the 2021 budget that will affect the operations of the union and because of that they have to increase transport fares. He has it in mind that if the transport fares don’t go up, it will affect the union.
“The moment Parliament approves the 2021 budget, we are sure that we will come out with lorry fares increased by a certain margin. We don’t want to make reference to the fuel price adjustments because there are other components like the road tolls which have also been increased. Usually, the practice has been that when fuel price is adjusted by a certain percentage then we are also informed to increase fares by a certain percentage equivalent to that effect, but now we can see that from the budget proposals, there are so much into it which will have more effect than the fuel itself.”
The GPRTU also in the statement said that members who have already increased fares should stop with immediate effect.
During the budget presentation, the caretaker Finance Minister, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu stated that petroleum prices will increase by 5.7% at the various pumps together with an increase in road tolls.
“Mr. Speaker, it has become very necessary for the government to consider a review of the energy sector levies. The Energy Sector Recovery Levy of 20 pesewas per litre on petrol/diesel under the ESLA is hereby submitted to this House for approval,” the minister said.
Meanwhile, the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers has asked Parliament not to approve that aspect of the budget.
According to its Executive Secretary, Duncan Amoah, such development is insensitive especially as many Ghanaians and their businesses are still reeling from the impact of COVID-19 and there has already been about 11% hike in fuel prices over the past two months.