We won’t reduce our fares – Ho”Keke” riders fumed

By: Evans Attah Akangla| ignewss| Ho

Tricycle popularly called “Mahama Can Do” Riders in the Volta regional capital, Ho, have ignored government directive to reduce their fare for passengers in the municipality where “Can Do” is commonly patronized.

According to them, they have earlier adjusted their fare when fuel was sold at Ghc13.00 and from then, fuel prices have seen many hikes however they have maintained their fare at Ghc 2.50p and Ghc3.00 for short and long distances respectively.

The union however argued that they have seen fuel increments up to Ghc19 and beyond which they endured till the current reduction which is not even below the Ghc13.

They also lamented on the cost of spare parts of their machine which is still on the rise despite reduction on other machine parts in the country.

To them, this and many factors has made them decline government’s directive to reduce their fares.

They further insisted that until fuel prices drop further to Ghc10 they will not adjust fare downward to meet government demand.

Mr. Francis Selase Alaga, Chairman of the “Can Do” Owners and Riders Union, disclosed these to Swiss 93.7 FM’s Evans Attah Akangla in Ho.

However, Mr. Padmore Danyo-McBally, Senior Industrial Relations Officer of the Volta region Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) of Trade Union Congress (T.U.C) disclosed with a letter to support the regional mother transport union’s readiness to enforce the downwards adjustment as directed by government.

A statement from the secretariat copied to all branch chairmen stated that “Reference to the directives of National Secretariat, I write to enforce the downward review of the transfers effective 19th December 2022 without fail.”

The statement further directed that all branch secretaries must calculate and reduce their current fairs by 15.3% and charge the new fares accordingly.

“By this letter, the general public has been informed as such.” the statement reads.

They said, the Volta Regional secretariat shall not intervene for any driver who would be found flouting the directives.

SOURCE: www.ignewss.com |Ghana

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