The GPRTU General Secretary, Godfred Abulbire Adogma, disclosed this in an interview with the Daily Graphic. He said an upward adjustment in fuel prices would take a heavy toll on the operations of members of the union. The union had not arrived at any figures yet as that would be decided after the meeting with the minister, but he was confident that the government would lend an ear to the union’s propositions. According to the budget statement, the implementation of the two proposed levies will result in a 5.7 per cent increase in petroleum prices at the pump. The proposed increment in transport fares would also be aggravated by other factors such as adjustments in the prices of spare parts and charges by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA). “We are preparing to meet the Minister of Transport to look into the matter of fuel price adjustments as stated in the budget. A levy of 30 pesewas on fuel is what has been indicated,” he said.
The government suspended the third and fourth quarter vehicle income tax instalment payments for public transport and taxis for this year. Mr Adogma welcomed the decision. He expressed regret that the relief was only for taxis and trotros and not for all commercial vehicles.