The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has threatened to increase transport fares over hike in spare parts.
Their threat follows the announcement by the national road safety authority to introduce road tow levies which will be paid by vehicle owners.
According to the national communications officer of GPRTU, Abass Morro Mohammed, spare parts have gone up by roughly 10 percent or a little more and it is making the work difficult.
“Although spare parts have also gone up by roughly 10 percent or a little more, we are currently facing the frequent fuel price increment which has made our work very difficult hence we came up with some suggestions that some margins on levies and some taxes should be taken out to have a breathing space,” he said.
He continued that, if the government fails to respond to their request, they will be forced to raise transportation fares.
Speaking to Francis Abban on Morning Starr Wednesday, the Director for Planning and Programs at the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), Mr Kwame Adonten said they can’t remove the tariffs because they are using to remove cars that break down on the road, to prevent accidents.
“This is to deal with cars that get broken down on our roads, sometimes for days thereby causing accidents. So the plan is to remove the risk. You are paying for the removal of the risk. Currently, only those whose vehicles break down are targeted. But it does not make economic sense,” he said.