Commercial drivers threaten transport fare increment over fuel price hikes

Executive Secretary of the Chamber of Petroleum Consumers (COPEC), Duncan Amoah has disclosed that some commercial drivers and vehicle owners are threatening to increase lorry fares following the latest increment in petroleum products.

Petroleum products in the country have seen increments in the second pricing window from 4% to 6% percent. Super is now going for 4.079 and Diesel is selling at 4.050. LPG Gas and other products have all have increased.

Speaking on the Gold Power Drive with Samuel Eshun Monday, the Executive Secretary of COPEC, Duncan Amoah, described as unfortunate the rate at which government keeps increasing prices of petroleum products.

“Commercial drivers are calling on the transport operators to increase fares after the increment of fuel prices. The various drivers unions are threatening to increase lorry fares because of these increments. I’m not sure majority of Ghanaians are pleased with the sort of increases that we have seen in recent times. It’s a cause of worry regarding the persistence with which fuel prices are going up in the country,” he said.

Mr Amoah has also commended government’s decision to scrap the mandatory towing levy which received public outcry leading to its suspension.

He said government must always listen to the plights of the people in implementing policies that have direct effect on the citizenry.

By: Osman Issah Abadoo/

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