The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has affirmed its decision to implement a 60% hike in transport fares in 2024, aligning with the initiation of the Emission Levy Bill in January of the same year.
Parliament recently passed the Emissions Levy Bill, imposing a yearly fee of 100 cedis on all owners of petrol and diesel cars, effective from January 2024. The government’s objective is to encourage the use of environmentally friendly energy sources for vehicle power, in line with its commitment to climate-positive actions and carbon offset initiatives.
In response to these developments, the GPRTU has submitted a petition to the Speaker of Parliament, requesting a reconsideration of the Emission Levy Bill.
Abbas Imoro, the Public Relations Officer for GPRTU, expressed concerns about the additional tax burden on the union, citing existing financial challenges. In an interview with Citi News, he stated, “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%.”