Concerned Drivers Association threatens to increase fares without consensus

Concerned Drivers Association of Ghana

If negotiations do not proceed as anticipated, the Concerned Drivers Association of Ghana has warned that its drivers may increase fares without getting approval from the government.

“If we are not able to do what is needed for the drivers, the drivers themselves will take the law into their own hands and charge [whichever prices they want],” David Agboado, Public Relations Officer for the Concerned Drivers Association of Ghana, told Citi News.

“We need not negotiate with the government, but it has been a norm that GPRTU has practised for years,” he added.

Mr. Agboado said their expectations were in line with the up to 40% increment proposed by the Ghana Private Road Transport Union prior to a meeting with the government over increases in transportation fares.

The increase in gasoline prices has led to anxiety about fares.

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At some gas stations, gasoline is now being sold for roughly GH13.10 while diesel is going for GH15.99. The last transport fare increases were in May 2020.

In May, transportation fares jumped by 20%.

The nationwide average price for gasoline and diesel as of May 9, 2022, when the new rates went into effect, was GH9.41 for petrol and GH11.12 for diesel.