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GPRTU to increase transport fares by 60%

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The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has confirmed its plan to implement a 60% rise in transportation fees this year.

This is to correspond with the January 2024 implementation of the Emission Levy Bill.

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The newly enacted Emissions Levy Bill levies a yearly levy of GH100 on all owners of petrol and diesel vehicles beginning in January 2024.

The goal of this tax is to encourage the use of ecologically friendly energy sources for vehicle power, in line with the government’s commitment to climate-positive policies and carbon offset schemes.

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

Public Relations Officer for GPRTU, Abbas Imoro expressed concerns about the additional tax burden on the union, citing existing financial challenges.

“We are already paying for emissions, 10 pesewas for a liter. So you can imagine 10 pesewas multiplied by 4.5 for a gallon, multiplied by the several gallons you use in a day, times 26 working days in a month. You can imagine how much one driver pays for it. We pleaded with Parliament that they should take a second look at it,” he explained on Citi News.

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

 

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