17 January 2014

Ghana: Lorry Fares to Go Up

Lorry fares are expected to go up soon following the increase in the price of petroleum products which inched up on international market.

Following suit the National Petroleum Authority (NPA) increased the price of petrol by 6 percent, while Kerosene saw the highest increase of 19 percent and Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) pegged at 8.73 percent.

The current ex-pump price for Gas oil is GH¢2.26 a litre, the new price will now be GH¢2.42 per litre. Premix fuel, however, saw no change in price. It will still sell at GH¢1.16 a litre.

Some transport operators have therefore indicated that they have no option than to increase their fares to commensurate with the fuel price.

According to Isaac Lamptey, a taxi driver, who plies between Kwame Nkrumah Circle and North Kaneshie, our leaders are going to meet over the petroleum product hike next week.

"After that we expect to take a decision soon". The last time transport fares experienced upward adjustment was in September 14, 2013 which greeted with huge public outcry.

Some drivers are complaining that they sometimes feel cheated at the various fuel stations because most of the stations delay in adjusting their pumps to read the new prices whenever there is an increment in the price of petroleum products.

However, when the Business Chronicle visited some lorry stations in Accra, the drivers are yet to increase their fares.

The Welfare Chairman of the Ghana Private Transport Union (GPRTU) of Ghana Trades Union (TUC) Welfare at the Neoplan Station in Accra, John Awuah, indicated that in the event of fuel increment, the National Secretariat would have to be contacted first so that they can engage the TUC to come out with the appropriate fares.

However, the Public Relations Officer of the National Petroleum Authority, Yaro Kasambata told Joy FM, an Accra-based radio station that it would take a "little while" for fuel stations to adjust their pumps.

He said consumers who felt cheated by the manual calculation have a choice to buy from a different station that is fast in adjusting its pumps. However, he said the Authority's monitoring team would be on the ground to ensure that the right thing is done.

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