The Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC) has debunked rumors regarding an increment of transport fares by 40%.
A statement, signed by the General Secretary of the GRTCC, Mr Emmanuel Ohene-Yeboah, indicated that his outfit had not taken such a decision, hence advised drivers to disregard the information and comply with the existing fares.
Mr Ohene-Yeboah’s comments comes after news circulated in the media space and on the internet that the Concerned Drivers Association of Ghana (C-DAG) had announced a 40% increment in transport fares across the country from Monday, January 17, 2022, stating the hardships being faced by drivers currently as the basis for the upward adjustment.
“Our attention has been drawn to a news item making rounds on social media and other electronic platforms that transport fares will go up by 40%, effective Monday 17 January, 2022. We wish to inform the general public that no such decision has been taken,” Mr Ohene-Yeboah indicated in the press release.
Explaining why the GRTCC was debunking the supposed increment, the General Secretary stated that there were established protocols and principles for the review of public transport fares in the country.
He said the Council was currently in discussion with stakeholders, and when they were ready, they would inform the general public accordingly.
He appealed to transport operators and drivers to disregard the information and comply with the existing fares, and also encouraged the Regional Coordinating Council to ensure compliance to the existing fares.
“We are, by this statement, appealing to all transport operators and drivers to disregard the information and to comply with the existing fares. We also encourage the Regional Coordinating Council to ensure compliance to the existing fares.”
If the supposed increment had taken effect, it would have been the biggest blow to Ghanaians, because the country joined others in celebrating Christmas, a season that was marked with a lot of spending and celebrations.