Commercial Drivers Demand 10% Fare Hike Due to Fuel Price Surge

The recent escalation in fuel prices has sparked discussions among commercial drivers in Accra, who are urging the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and other unions to approve a 10% hike in transport fares.

The recent escalation in fuel prices has sparked discussions among commercial drivers in Accra, who are urging the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and other unions to approve a 10% hike in transport fares.

The recent escalation in fuel prices has sparked discussions among commercial drivers in Accra, who are urging the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) and other unions to approve a 10% hike in transport fares.

Drivers argue that higher fuel costs are eating into their profits, impacting their ability to sustain their livelihoods and meet financial obligations.

They also note the rising prices of spare parts and other operational necessities as additional challenges.

According to Citi Business News, the Concerned Drivers Union plans to address these issues on July 8. Recent fuel price increases have seen petrol selling at GH₵14.80 per liter and diesel at GH₵14.92, prompting drivers like Kwabena Kakraba from the Adabraka Cooperative Society station to advocate for fare adjustments to offset these rising costs.

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While not all stations have uniformly increased fares, some drivers in Tesano have already raised rates from GH₵10 to GH₵15 for short trips. Commuters are also calling for solutions to mitigate the impact of fuel price hikes, suggesting a shift towards electric vehicles as a sustainable alternative to conventional fuel-powered transport.

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