GPRTU hints of reducing fares

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The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has hinted that  transport fares may be reduced after government announced the easing of restrictions for public transport services.

This follows calls by a section of Ghanaians for a reduction in transport fares since drivers are now loading full capacity.

Executives of GPRTU met with Transport Ministry over the matter on July 27, but the meeting ended in a stalemate.

Vice-Chairman of GPRTU, Robert Sarbah, in an interview, indicated that although the meeting ended in a stalemate, they discussed plans to reduce the fares.

According to him, calls for reduction in transport fares is a good cause and stakeholders in the transport sector have all agreed to reduce it, but they could not agree on the percentage of reduction.

But the meeting with the Transport Ministry will continue today to finalize the percentage of reduction.

Robert Sarbah, however, said that the reduction will not be up to 15 percent, which was the increment announced recently, adding that the reduction will be reasonable.

Meanwhile, some drivers are opposed to the idea of taking full capacity of passengers and reducing the fares.

Some drivers told ABC News the would rather prefer to maintain social distancing and charge the current fee since COVID-19 is still a risk.

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