GPRTU set to increase fares by 60%

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has maintained its commitment to introduce a 60% rise in transport fares in 2024, which coincides with the start of the Emission Levy Bill in January 2024.

Parliament recently enacted the Emissions Levy Bill, which levies an annual levy of 100 cedis on all owners of petrol and diesel vehicles beginning in January 2024.

Through this tax, the government hopes to encourage the use of ecologically friendly energy sources for vehicle power, in line with its commitment to climate-positive policies and carbon offset schemes.

In reaction to these events, the GPRTU petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, requesting that the Emission Levy Bill be reconsidered.

GPRTU set to increase fares by 60%

Abbas Imoro, the GPRTU’s Public Relations Officer, raised alarm about the added tax load on the union in an interview with Citi News, citing existing financial issues.

“We are already paying for the emission, 10 pesewas for a litre. So you can imagine 10 pesewas by 4.5 for a gallon by several gallons you use a day times 26 working days in a month. You can imagine how much one driver pays for it. And we pleaded with parliament that they should have a second look at it.

“But we did indicate that if nothing is being done or nothing can be done about it, then of course we have other problems as well. We will package ourselves and come out with an upward adjustment of lorry fares not less than 60%,” he said.

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