The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) is encouraging transport companies to maintain existing tariffs while they engage the government on its proposal to raise fares by 20%.
This call comes after an unproductive meeting between the union and the administration.
Abass Moro, the union’s Industrial Relations Officer, voiced confidence to Citi News about the possibility of a settlement as their contact with the government continues.
“We made our grievances known, and they also told us their side. Finally, we have to go back and have another meeting. We will use your medium to tell our people [drivers] that where we have got to, we are pleading that they should still maintain what we are taking for now until we come out very clearly. So that nobody will say drivers are taking advantage of them. It’s our business that we are trying to defend,” Abbas Moro stated.
The newly enacted Emissions Levy Bill by Parliament levies a yearly levy of GH¢100 on all owners of petrol and diesel automobiles, beginning 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 has petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, asking revision of the Emission Levy Bill.