Following any marginal improve in costs of petroleum merchandise, business transport unions press for increment in fares for them to, a minimum of, break even to allow them to stay in enterprise.
Nevertheless, every time there happens marginal discount in costs of petroleum merchandise and fares must be diminished, then transport operators supply all method of excuses to reject that.
At present, there’s a important discount in costs of petroleum merchandise which has made it crucial for a directive to drivers to cut back fares by 10 per cent with impact from Might 17.
Days after the announcement by the Ghana Non-public Street Transport Union (GPRTU) and the Ghana Street and Transport Co-ordinating Council (GRTCC), drivers typically have refused to adjust to the directive.
They contend as at all times that gasoline value is just not the one issue of their operations.
They point out different issues like costs of spare elements, the each day takings for car house owners, and revenue tax.
The drivers are proper however should not neglect the truth that all these had been factored into the fares however gasoline is used each day and so it constitutes a larger share in figuring out fares.
Apart from, it’s a issue whose value has a scientific technique to decide and so it’s simpler to make use of that to impact adjustments in fares than the opposite elements, particularly the place the gasoline value has seen steady reductions over a sure interval as it’s the case within the present state of affairs.
We additionally want to remind drivers that they’ve by no means utilized the precise share discount in fares even when they comply with adjust to the reductions.
This implies drivers have been dishonest passengers over time by which case we will say all of them alongside have been taking fares which can be bloated to the damage of passengers.
That’s to say that the present discount wouldn’t have an effect on them a lot.
Due to this fact, they need to ease their entrenched place and cut back the fares and this time by the ten per cent ordered, not much less.
Whereas we are saying this, we’re additionally conscious of a piece of drivers who’re prepared to cut back the fares and to those ones, we ask that they be a part of the attraction to the others to take action.
We all know instances are arduous however the drivers should be thoughtful and acknowledge the truth that the entire public are affected by the hardship within the system and that their discount in fares could cause discount in meals costs, for instance.
The compliance with the discount also can save the clashes between drivers and their assistants or mates on one aspect and passengers on the opposite.
It’s unlucky some drivers declare that though they’d heard within the media concerning the discount in fares, their management had not formally communicated it to them in writing.
We hope if that’s actually the case, then the GPRTU and different transport unions would do the needful and escape blame as that might deny any grounds for drivers to make wild allegations in opposition to the management.
We hope issues wouldn’t come to a head for transport unions to toe a January 2015 GPRTU line, the place this transport union ordered its members to impact a five-per cent discount in fares or face sanction.