If a government proposal becomes adopted, all trotro operators will be required to affiliate with a transport union or risk penalty. The new regulation is widely regarded as a form of greater state control over the informal transport sector for taxation purposes. Many trotro drivers do not belong to unions because they cruise along the commuter routes and are not bound to a particular terminal where they feel bogged down by administrative and operational encumbrances.
Trotro drivers in Accra oppose the newly announced digital drivers license which is set to go operational on 7th November. The card is supposed to integrate with a new national ID system and provide seamless identification for drivers and vehicle ownership documentation.
The trotro drivers say they dislike the new system for several reasons. One, its very expensive and they have to repay for a license as the old one invalidates at the inception of the digital card. Two, they claim the new card is one of the routine ways government inconveniences drivers with novelty just to make money from them and later claim that the very system they claim to be advanced would be replaced soon on grounds of ineffectiveness. Three, a driver who is licensed to drive an automatic vehicle cannot switch to manual transmission when the Ghana Motorcar Code does not have any such prohibition.
If the drivers become aggrieved, and reluctantly withdraw their services in protest. movement would be severely impacted because trotros provide 70% of city transport services.
Trotro fares will go up by 15%, effective Thursday 6th April, 2017. The increment is in line with the bi annual fares review. The first review for this year has been overdue due to inability of the government to agree with the transport operators over whether they should increase the fares and by what percentage.
The Unions also believe that fare adjustment is a standing protocol that requires no further negotiation and that there have been increases in fuel from the beginning of the year; which go to increase their cost of operation.
We shall obtain the new trotro fares and update our website.
Some drivers may have increased trotro fares in the city of Accra. They complain that the first bi-annual fare increment is long overdue whilst fuel prices keep increasing. They therefore make losses if they continue to charge old fares.
Fixing of trotro bus fares is a voluntary collaboration between government and the transport Unions. Its widely speculated that the new government doesnt want to agree to or announce an increment because it protested fare increment when it was in opposition. Analysts believe the party fears criticism and voter disappointment if it performs the adjustment which has been routine over the years.
Some trotro drivers who cant bear the loss have began charging rates they reason are appropriate. So you may pay a new fare the next time you board a trotro. Once an official comes through, we will revise the prices on our website.
The Ghana trotro route from Kaneshie to Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra has been diverted at the railway Crossing. Passengers arriving from Mallam, Odorkor, Kasoa, Gbawe or Kwashieman will now either alight at Times or railway station near Circle. The diversion is to allow the contractors to asphalt the south lanes of the Interchange.
Trotro Commuters will experience a slight delay in arriving at or departing from at Circle now because the drivers will choose one of these options to manage the trip.
Drive from Obetsebi Circle through Graphic road to Accra brewery and then turn towards Toyota House. At the newly constructed railway crossing over the Graphic Road, they will make a right turn, cross the bridge over the Odaw River at Ecomog and drive onwards towards the railway station where passengers will alight.
Passengers may also be ferried to Times and then continue the rest of the trip by walking east.
Passengers leaving Circle to Kaneshie will either cross to the former fan milk depot and board a bus or will be driven in front of the Railway station at Circle, in front of the Ghana Lebanon Islamic School and then to Graphic road.