GPRTU to Reduce Transport fares by 10% Effective, Aug 1
Following the suspension of the restriction on commercial transport operation by the President last Sunday, the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has announced a reduction in transport fares by 10% effective1st August 2020.
The president of Ghana, as part of measures to curb the spread of Corona Virus in the country, had initially imposed a restriction on the number of passengers a commercial vehicle could carry.
Trotros were to carry only 2 passengers per seat instead of 3, taxis were to carry 4 passengers instead of 5. In a nutshell, all vehicles were to run with a minimum number of passengers. These restrictions affected even domestic airlines and buses.
During his seventh address to the nation on Sunday, April 19, 2020. The president reemphasized this restriction.
“Operators of public transport, including our buses, trotros and taxis, are to continue to run with a minimum number of passengers, as they have been doing for the last three weeks in maintaining social distancing. They must also continue to ensure the maintenance of enhanced hygienic conditions in all vehicles and terminals, by providing, amongst others, hand sanitizers, running water and soap for washing of hands. Domestic airlines are required to adhere to the same protocols.” He said
The ban brought about a lot of agitation on the part of commercial drivers. Most thought that this was going to devastating effects on their business. As results, the GPRTU increased transport fares to make up for the empty seats.
However, during his 14th address on Covid-19 to the nation last Sunday, the President lifted all such restrictions. This has prompted the GPRTU to again reduce transportation fares.
Speaking on Joy news yesterday, Mr Duncan Amoah Executive Secretary of COPEC said the announcement was a good news driver and by extension all Ghanaians.