The Volta Regional Chairman of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), Mr. Moses Davor, has cautioned drivers to adhere to the 18 percent increase in lorry fares, following the 30 percent fuel increase announced by the government, to ensure smooth activities at the transport sector in the region.
Mr. Davor stressed that the GPRTU would not tolerate the situation where drivers would resort to arbitrarily increases in lorry fares, and that his outfit would consider such behaviour as an act of lawlessness.
The GPRTU Chairman, who was speaking in an interview with The Chronicle in Ho, said the executives of the regional branch of the union had a directive from its leaders from the headquarters, Accra, asking them to ensure that drivers complied with the approved fares, and that any driver who would operate contrary to the directive, would be dealt with accordingly.
Mr. Davor continued that the union was not troubled about the current fuel increases, but rather saw the current situation as a challenge to ensure that they render quality service to the public.
He observed that efforts by the GPRTU to regulate the activities of drivers would go a long way to ensure a cordial relationship between passengers and the drivers, but the travelling public equally, had a responsibility to support the GPRTU, by reporting recalcitrant drivers who would charge exorbitant fares.
Mr. Davor explained that the old fare from Ho to Kpong in the Eastern Region, which was GH¢3, would now become GHC¢3.50, and that of taxi drivers would also increase from GH¢30.50 to GH¢40.20, and urged the public to comply with the new changes.
Meanwhile, some residents in the Ho township, have expressed mixed feelings about the 30 percent fuel price increase. Some of the residents accused the government of not sympathising with the ordinary man.