The Committed Drivers’ Association says its decision to maintain the 30 percent increment in transport fares stems from the fact that government has no hand in the prices of fuel at the pumps.
According to them, although tax components contribute to the build-up in the prices of petroleum products, the government no longer has a hand in regulating prices at the pump.
Making a case for the association, its Chairman, Charles Danso, said the continuous increment in fuel prices affects them negatively, and so they can’t depend on the government to regulate their business.
He said the association will only accept government deals only when government directly regulates the prices.
“Government has no hand in fuel pricing, we cannot keep waiting on government if the OMCs keep increasing the prices. Hence, the government cannot decide what percentage we need to take. If the government wants to have a say in the increase in transport fares, they should subsidize the fuel.”
The transport operators have been agitating since last year, 2021 over the constant increase in prices of fuel, while they were asked to hold on with increment in transport fares.
Finally, the government has agreed they increase their transport fares which began on Saturday February 26, 2022.
Some transport operators have however expressed dissatisfaction with the 15% increment the government agreed they operate with despite their 30% proposal.