The Concerned Drivers Association of Ghana (C-DAG) has announced a 40% increment in transport fares across the country from Monday, January 17, 2022.
In a press release dated January 10, the Association noted that the upward adjustment has been necessitated by the unbearable hardships facing drivers currently.
“It must be noted that we commiserate with Ghanaians on the current economic hardship but in order to keep us in business, we are left with no other option but to adjust transport fares a little upward which is a 40% increment,” part of the statement reads.
C-DAG stated that the increment is influenced by a number of factors including the price of fuel at the pumps, the increase in the prices of vehicles and the increment of spare parts and lubricants.
“It must be noted that we also experience the economic conditions of the country. It has become extremely difficult for us to manage our homes as prices of basic commodities, including sachet water have also seen an upward increment,” they added.
This decision is as a result of government unwillingness to scrap the taxes and levies on petroleum products in order to reduce the fuel prices at the pump.
In the month of November, 2021, Coalition of Commercial Transport Operators gave government 6-days ultimatum ( i.e Monday 8th of November, 2021) to scrap the taxes and levies which they term as “nuisance” on petroleum products in order to reduce the fuel prices at the pump or they would advice themselves.
This was after a crunch meeting among transport operators which includes the Ghana Private Transport Union (GPRTU), Concern Driver’s Association of Ghana, Ghana National Cargo Transport Association and Ghana Committed Driver’s Association where they all concluded that government should take the necessary steps to scrap some levies and reduce the energy levies as well.