GPTRU to run ‘cost sharing’ system if social distancing hits transport sector



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The Public Relations officer for the Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPTRU), Abbas Morro, says the union will be forced to adopt a cost sharing system in the transport business if government announces a cut in the number of passengers who use public transport following a surge in Ghana’s Covid-19 cases.

The statement follows a supposed impending 10% upward adjustment of transport fares by the Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPTRU).

During the first wave  of the Covid-19, transport owners were forced to reduce the intake of passengers as part of the social distancing protocol.

Ghana has recorded 718 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of active cases in the country to 8,216.

The death toll has risen to 533.

In an interview with host of Atinka FM’s AM Drive, Kaakyire Ofori Ayim, Public Relations officer for the Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPTRU), Abbas Morro, said the union will only share the cost of the empty seats on the others should government ask the union to observe social distancing in the vehicles.

He refuted the 10% upward adjustment of transport fares by as being purported.

According to him, the union will have no option than to park their vehicles should there be any form of resistance to the cost sharing system.

“ We, the drivers are really suffering. After work every day, we put monies down for fuel,  engine, tyre, insurance , road worthy among others. After all these expenses, we end up with little or nothing. If this cost sharing is resisted, then we would have to park all our cars until something is done about it, else we won’t get monies to feed our families”, Public Relations officer for the Ghana Private Road and Transport Union (GPTRU), Abbas Morro, told Kaakyire Ofori Ayim.

Ghana | Atinkaonline.com | Vivian Adu Boatemaa