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GPRTU to increase transport fares by 60%

The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has reiterated that it will impose a 60% rise in transportation prices in 2024, beginning in January 2024 in accordance with the Emission Levy Bill.

All owners of engines other than diesel will be required to pay an annual levy of 100 cedis beginning in January 2024, according to the recently passed Emissions Levy Bill by Parliament.

With this tax, the government hopes to encourage the use of ecologically friendly energy sources for vehicle power, continuing its commitment to carbon offset programs and climate-positive efforts.

The GPRTU has petitioned the Speaker of Parliament to rethink the Emission Levy Bill in light of these developments.

GPRTU Public Relations Officer Abbas Imoro raised concerns about the union’s increased tax burden in an interview with Citi News, noting the union’s current financial difficulties.

“We are already paying for the emission, 10 pesewas for a litre. So you can imagine 10 pesewas by 4.5 for a gallon by several gallons you use a day times 26 working days in a month. You can imagine how much one driver pays for it. And we pleaded with parliament that they should have a second look at it.

“But we did indicate that if nothing is being done or nothing can be done about it, then of course we have other problems as well. We will package ourselves and come out with an upward adjustment of lorry fares not less than 60%,” he said.