The National Executives of Ghana Private
Road Transport Union (GPRTU) have said the union does not support the proposal by government to increase the current Road Toll prices.
In an interview with the media, the Senior Industrial Relations Officer (IRO) of GPRTU Greater Accra, Mr. Abbas Ibrahim Moro stated emphatically that the current fees being paid as Road Tolls are very high, saying any further increment, as being proposed by the government through the transport Minister will only come to worsen the plight of the members of the union.
He disclosed that, the road Toll issue has been discussed across several platforms.
“Our initial position has been that, we said is on the higher side, the current amount that we are paying is even on the higher side ,so how then do we have to pay higher tolls,” Mr. Moro opined.
He recalled, Just recently, the minority caucus in parliament in charge of transport, unanimously condemned the Toll price increment.
According to Mr. Moro, the minority group also condemned it, because out of the total revenue accrued from the toll tickets as declared by the Transport Ministry, not even half of the amount has been expended for its purpose, citing the bad nature of roads within the toll both areas.
He seized the opportunity to admonish the union members to stay calm whiles discharging their duties of conveying people and goods to and from various destinations.
“we are pleading with the government to listen to us,” Mr. Moro added.
Adding his voice , the Branch 7 Chairman of GPRTU , Tudu Lorry station, Mr. Wisdom Sedagah, dispelled the claim of using proceeds from the Road Toll in maintaining the roads, saying there are a lot of loopholes in the collection process and also most of the roads at the various toll booths are in deplorable state.
The Branch 7 Chairman further stated that, they as a union, do not welcome any Increment in road tolls saying this will take some money away from the poor driver whose income is already being reduced by costs such as; daily sales, service charge by the station per trip, maintenance, road toll fees and cost of Fuel amongst others.
” in actual fact, we are against the Increment of the Road Toll fees, the reason is that,
drivers who run to and from Akatsi-Abor pay three (3) tolls at different points namely; The Tema Motorway, Tsokpoli and Akatsi respectively for a round trip, these drivers does pay double road tolls,” Mr. Sedegah stressed.
In an interview with a commercial vehicle driver, he lamented on the nature of the Tema Motorway all through to Aflao, describing the port holes on this stretch as” dead traps ”
” if the Road Toll fees are increased to have a positive reflection on the nature of the roads, we as drivers do not have a problem,” he added.
By Kingsley Asiedu