Commercial drivers within the country are likely to scale back transport fares by 10 percent effective Saturday, August 1, 2020.
The decision comes after a call by the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers Ghana (COPEC) following the President’s decision to lift the restriction placed on commercial vehicles within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The leadership of varied transport unions met in Accra on Monday, July 27, 2020, and agreed on the reduction.
They have consequently agreed to issue a communique to all or any member transport unions for them to implement the ten percent reduction by Saturday, August 1, 2020.
In his 14th Covid-19 update to the state, the President, however, noted that safety protocol must still be observed by passengers.
“In consultation with the Ministries of Transport and Aviation and therefore the leadership of transport operators, Government has taken the choice to lift the restrictions within the transport sector, and permit for full capacity in our domestic airplanes, taxis, rotors, and buses.”
In a statement, COPEC explained that the President’s directive means revenue which was being lost by the commercial drivers are going to be restored hence the necessity to scale back transport fares.
“What this directive means is that each revenue that until the date has been losing per trip by the commercial transport operators before the announcement during the amount and that commuters have recently been forced to bring out additional 15-30% transport fare increases is now restored in favor of our commercial transport operators and thus the recent increases of between 15-30% must and will be reversed forthwith.”
“We are, by this statement calling on a number of our major stakeholders within the transport sector including the GPRTU, Concerned Drivers Association, Committed Drivers Association and therefore the Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council to right away without fail, make sure that transport fares are reversed by close of day tomorrow, not only to previous rates but an extra 5% reduction possibly on the previous rates before these recent increases since fuel price variance as at now remains positive by a minimum of an extra 12% from the pre-covid-19 lockdown period.”They added.