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‘Trotro’ drivers threaten to increase fares if fuel prices are not reduced

Some drivers in the country have threatened to increase their transport fares by Monday if government fails to reduce fuel prices.

The leadership of the National Concerned Drivers Association says if the government refuses to reduce the price of fuel at the pumps with immediate effect, they will have no option but to adjust transport fares upwards.

The association has said that observing social distancing protocols in their vehicles is having a huge toll on their earnings.

The Vice-Chairman for the National Concerned Drivers Association, David Agboado said in an interview on Citi FM that government must heed to their calls especially when there is a sharp decline in the price of crude oil on the international market due to lockdowns across the world following the coronavirus pandemic.

“Now that the fuel is $19 per barrel, we are buying it at GH¢19.85 pesewas which doesn’t match at all. The government should tell the OMCs to reduce the price at least to GH¢10 per gallon. Dialogue is the first option and that is why we are calling on the Ministry in charge of Transport and Ministry of Energy to sit [and discuss this] or we will increase the fares by Monday,” Mr Agboado said.

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