Accra Trotro Fares

How Accra trotro fares are determined by the transport unions and transit operators

Accra trotro fares are determined by the transport unions and government. It is a non binding mutual agreement to which both parties commit for their welfare. The transport unions operate at bus terminals provided by the government so they benefit from the government. Governments on the other hand avoid arbitrary and chaotic Accra trotro fares fixing which could ricochet as insensitivity by government and lead to criticism.

Frequency of revision

Accra trotro fares concluded by the parties used to be done biannually till 2017 when the newly elected NPP party reneged on such arrangements, apparently due to the fact that an increment would lead to criticism from the populace. Such denials have infuriated the transport operators who complain that continued cost of operations makes them incur losses when fares become static.

A vivid instance of this discrepancy was demonstrated when trotro buses were ordered to reduce passenger capacity at the onset of covid 19 but retain fares. The directive exacerbated the distrust and fury towards government. Resultantly, some operators ceased services.

Parameters for establishing fares

To establish how much Accra trotro fares should be, the cost of maintenance, replacement parts, fuel, levies, and other operator expenses are considered. The transport unions propose an increment percentage to offset the cost of operation. After agreement, both parties make a public declaration and print the new prices for their Union members.

Format of fare handouts

There are two types of handouts the unions distribute to their membership. One version displays how much the percentage increase results on a new charge without reference to destination. Something like

Old fare 3 Ghana cedi
New fare 4.50 Ghana cedi

Old fare 5 Ghana cedis
New fare 6.50 Ghana cedis

The other version is destination specific. Like

Mallam to Kaneshie 3 Ghana cedis

The second handout on the Accra trotro fares do not state the old price. It just tells how much it cost now. Drivers keep both to explain to passengers how new fares were arrived at. The second sheet also facilitates memorizing by conductors and passengers.

How commuters react to fare increases.

Accra trotro fares increment result in arguments between the transporters and passengers. Commuters who are unaware of the increment may insist on the old price. Those who are aware of the new fares may find the calculation of the percentage increase erroneous and engage in debates with the conductors. Some renegade drivers may set arbitrary prices to protest low percentage increase and find opposing views from passengers.

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How Accra trotro fares are determined by operstors

Accra trotro fares are determined by the transport unions and the ministry of transport, on behalf of the government of Ghana. Up to 2016, there was a biannual increment to help operators offset costs but the succeeding government has disregarded this protocol and opted for negotiations with the unions.

In both standing and negotiated increments, some factors determine how much Accra trotro fares should cost.

The foremost determinant is fuel pricing. Most of the buses run on gasoline so once the experiences any increase, fares need to be adjusted accordingly. Cost of auto parts and accessories also dictate how much owners would want to charge. Also, cost of insurance is a determinant in fare prices. Lastly, cost of licenses, fees and tolls associated with vehicles are cost drivers.

Accra trotro fares may become arbitrary when government delays or refuses to endorse fare increases. In this situation, uniformity foe not exist as each Union charges what it deems adequate to compensate for operational costs.

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Accra trotro fares goes up by 13% in June 2021

June 2, 2021. Accra trotro fares have been increased by 13%. Transport operators claim the increment long overdue and will help mitigate rising cost of fuel and vehicle maintenance. This upward review will mark the first adjustment in 2021.

Trotro fare increases have been routinely managed by stakeholders – private transport operators and the government but in recent years such compromises have not been forthcoming due to what is widely suggested as attempts by government to avoid criticisms of hardships arising from such increases.

Over the months, some operators have unilaterally increased Accra trotro fares to compensate for losses but this announcement marks the first official declaration in 2021.

The new 2021 trotro fares mean Circle to Accra will now cost 2.30 GHS and Circle to Abeka Lapaz will be 3.30 GHS.

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Trotro fares increase by 15%

Trotro operators have increased their fares by 15%. This increment follows a long standing dispute with state regulators since January 2020.

Under the previous government fares were reviewed upwards  biannually to compensate for cost of fuel,insurance and maintenance of vehicles buy the current administration has substantially ignored this convention: leading to losses by the transport operators.

The trotro owners aren’t satisfied with the new percentage increase because at the onset of covid-19 they reduced boarding capacity in order to observe health rules. The reduction further reduced their earnings.

Trotro drivers in Accra have largely complied with the announced percentage increase but a lot more eagerly await further increment.

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Trotro operators persist with demands for fare increase

Trotro operators have not backed down with their demands for higher fares in view of lowered passenger capacity.

Since April 3020 when covid-19 measures to seat less people aboard trotro buses were introduced by authorities, operators have complained about reduced earnings and have elaborately complained about outright losses.

In their latest warning, the trotro owners are intent on arbitrarily reviewing fares upwards if the government their pricing partner does not accede to their concerns.

Trotro fare increments are historically in the ten percentiles but in an election year, its very unlikely the government will not want to incur any further unpopularity with  trotro fare increment.