The Ghana Private Road Transport Union of the Trade Union Congress (GPRTU of TUC) has informed all transport operators in the country especially commercial drivers not to increase fares as a result of the increased in the price of petroleum products.
The group said ‘‘all transport operators are being informed not to increase transport fares pending the midyear review of transport fares which is scheduled for June, 2015.
In a joint statement signed by the General Secretary of the GPRTU of TUC, Mr. Stephen K. Okudzeto and the General Secretary of Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC), Alhaji Aliyu Baba said it is the policy of the Transport Fares Review Committee to review transport fares bi-annually that is January and June every year. This will enable other components that go into running of commercial road transport services to be taken into consideration.
The statement from the umbrella body which was copied to the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Energy, National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Daily Express and other media houses requested it members to maintain the current fares until the June 2015 review.
The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) announced new prices for petroleum products on Sunday May 17, 2015. According to the regulator the new increment is 9%.
Per the increase petrol product will be selling at GHc3.33 per litre from the previous GHc3.05, while diesel goes up to GHc3.24 from the previously price of GHc2.97.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) will also be selling at GHc2.88 from an old price of GHc2.64. The local Marine Gas Oil (MGO) which was previously sold at GHc2.96 will now be selling at GHc2.96.
Unified petroleum and kerosene for mining firms are expected to go up by 4 per cent. However the increase of the fuel price will not affected premix fuel and residual fuel oil (RFO).
Credit: Daily Express