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Delay in implementation of new transport fares affecting us – GPRTU

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The Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPRTU) has said that the continued delay in announcing an increase in transportation fees is negatively impacting the operations of its members.

The GPRTU stated that the recent increase in replacement parts and other accessories is having an unanticipated impact on commercial drivers.

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Godfred Abulbire, General Secretary of the GPRTU, is thus pushing for an urgent increase in transportation charges.

“Last year [2023], there were serious tax components that had affected all the spare parts, and the cost of spare parts has gone extremely up. Just this year, we had a direct correspondence from the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) that they have revised all their taxes on commercial cars, taking effect in January. And whether we like it or not, all commercial cars will pay,” Godfred Abulbire said in an interview.

The recently enacted Emissions Levy Bill by Parliament levies a yearly levy of GHC100 on all owners of petrol and diesel vehicles beginning in January 2024.

This tax is intended to stimulate the use of ecologically friendly energy sources for vehicle power, in line with the government’s commitment to climate-positive activities and carbon offset schemes.

In reaction to these events, the GPRTU petitioned the Speaker of Parliament to review the Emission Levy Bill.

 

 

 

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