The Concerned Drivers Association of Ghana (C-DAG) has issued a notice to increase transport fares by 40 per cent effective Monday, January 17, 2022.
The drivers say the increment even though cannot bring them the ultimate comfort can “only ameliorate the unbearable hardships facing drivers currently.”
The drivers in a statement said although they commiserate with Ghanaians on the current economic hardship, in order to keep them in business, they are left with no other option but to adjust transport fares upward.
The hike in transport fares according to the drivers has been necessitated by the price of fuel commodities at the pumps of the various Oil Marketing Companies.
They said fuel commodities have seen a consistent upward increment and will even soon see another increment as predicted by the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers(COPEC).
The drivers also argued that the increment in fares is because of the increment of prices of vehicles.
“The prices of cars continue to increase on daily basis due to high duty rates at the ports. This situation makes it even more difficult to defray the cost of vehicles causing car owners to increase daily sales of drivers. In the end drivers work virtually for nothing,” the statement said.
In addition, the drivers noted that the prices of spare parts have also witnessed an upward adjustment. “Coupled with poor roads in the country, drivers are heavily burdened as we have to rapidly change vehicle parts. Our partners, mechanics who replace these parts have also increased their service charges. Essential engine parts and lubricants have also had their prices increased. For instance, a 4 and half litre engine lubricant which used to sell at GHS65 is now sold to us at GHS110,” they bemoaned.
The drivers said it has become extremely difficult for them to manage their homes as prices of basic commodities including sachet water have also seen an upward increment.
They have, thus, encouraged Ghanaians to avoid fighting drivers and their conductors when the new fares are implemented.
It will be recalled that a little over a month ago, drivers nationwide embarked on a sit down strike which negatively affected commuters. Even though the Chief of Staff, Frema Osei Opare on behalf of government met with driver unions and promised a reduction of the prices of petrol, that promise has not materialized.