Trotro drivers to increase fares on Wednesday as fuel prices continue to soar

Trotro drivers to increase fares on Wednesday as fuel prices continue to soar despite months of negotiations.

The Concerned Drivers Association says it is hopeful that the Coalition of Private Transport Operators will agree on the increment of transport fares come February 2.

This comes after the Institute of Energy Security (IES) disclosed on Friday that fuel prices are expected to go up by 25 pesewas per liter from tomorrow if the suspended Price Stabilisation and Recovery Levies (PSRL) is reintroduced.

According to these commercial drivers, they were deciding between raising transportation rates and requesting a decrease in fuel costs, but they expect to reach an agreement next week following their discussions.

David Agboado, the Public Relations Officer of the Concerned Drivers Association, told Citi FM in Accra that the operators will release a public notice about their decision and new transportation charges before approaching Parliament about abolishing some fuel levies.

“As for the lorry fares, I hope that we will increase it and that we will still fight for the scrapping of taxes on petroleum products. We will communicate the conclusion on Wednesday because we must write to Parliament and do other necessary follow-ups.”

“For the percentage on the transport fares, I can’t give it out now because everything must be agreed upon, and we are coming up with a reasonable percentage. So, on Wednesday, everything will be known,”

A similar group in December, suspended its indefinite strike on a hot afternoon after a decision was reached when President Akufo-Addo requested a meeting with the aggrieved drivers according to  Ibrahim Musah, Executive Secretary, of the Joint Association of Port Transport Unions, (JAPTU) Ghana.