Trotro Union executives have just announced that they will hold a meeting with stakeholders tomorrow, Thursday, 7th January , 2016 to determine how much increment they would go for with regards to the recent fuel increase. They have stated that the decision to revise the trotro fares is not only dependent on fuel prices but then they take into consideration many other actors. The group has dismissed as false the rumor that trotro fares will be revised upward by 10%.
The Accra Circle trotro station by pass road has been closed temporarily to allow work by the Interchange Contractors, Queiroz Galvao. This newly asphalted road runs along the north of the Nkrumah Circle in Accra and provided a short cut to Neoplan station if you are approaching from New Town or Lapaz. As at 6 am this morning, the entrance and exit had been barricaded with slabs. Motorists still have the option of going by the main, regular road. The photos show the state of affairs.
Government will meet with trotro Unions to discuss new trotro fares arising out of the fuel increase by Oil companies in Ghana. It is a routine practice for stakeholders in the trotro transport business to agree on uniform prices which takes into account the cost of operations. The outcome of the meeting will be made known to the general public whose interests in the fixing of the prices are represented by the TUC, Ministry of Transportation and Civic Organizations.
The GPRTU, the biggest private transport union in Ghana, has announced that it will increase trotro fares if the prices of petroleum prices up as planned. In Ghana, how much fuel sells is determined by private distributors. The method of increment for the trotro fares is to find a percentage of increase and adjust trotro fares by that margin. Typically, the new schedule for fares is discussed with all stakeholders including Transport Ministry, The rate of trotro fare review is not proportionate to the price of fuel. The trotro fare review panel takes into consideration, critical routes, affordability, wage levels, ease of change, recency of last increment, cost of other vehicle expenses like insurance, auto parts etc.
During trotro fare increase in Ghana, there will be a general announcement and the fares will be pasted in trotro buses. It takes time for commuters to learn about the new trotro prices so the rates do not apply immediately. It may take a while for the rates to be enforced.
The Government has a largely socialist political orientation so a lot of consideration are factored into public utility pricing so low income families are least impacted.
The Accra Circle trotro station which was evacuated during the early hours of 11th December 2015 has been reopened. The City authorities allowed the trotro drivers back because the event for which the place was closed is over. The return of the trotro buses at the Circle terminal is a big relief for passengers tripping to Labadi, Teshie, Nngua, Madina, Spintex Road and other neighborhoods in Eastern Accra.
The Accra trotro station in front of Fraga oil has been reopened. It was closed temporary to allow Galvão Queiroz, the contractors working on the Nkrumah Circle ultra modern cloverleaf interchange, to lay giant sewers. So now trotro buses inbound from Osu, labadi, Nima and Kanda can alight passengers in front of the filling station and also continue in the right lane to Kaneshie.
A trotro from Labadi approaches the Accra Nkrumah Circle Fraga trotro station
A video showing Accra trotro drivers managing the diversion at the Fraga trotro station at the Nkrumah circle. The diversion required that passengers alight under the over head bridge and cross to the right lane. Kanehsie bound passengers could however continue their journey because the bus will share the left lane with oncoming vehicles till the right land reopens. The road in front of Obra spot then becomes a two lane instead of one.
Due to ongoing construction work at Nkrumah Circle, the trotro station in front of the Fraga filling station under the old Overhead bridge at circle has been closed. Passengers will now alight in front of Ernest Chemists and cross by foot. Trotro buses approaching from Osu, Nima and Kanda will now turn back under the bridge.
You can observe that the end of the right shoulder lane – [middle far left in the picture above] – has been excavated.
This morning a team of combined personnel from the Ghana Police Service and the Accra Metropolitan Authorities evacuated the Obra Spot trotro station in Accra. This terminal is at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, close to the new interchange. Its not known why the drivers were asked to move but that plot of land is state land and may have been earmarked for a project or better still, make way for the new interchange. This morning several drivers parked along the East Ring Road for passengers to board.
Accratrotro.com advises passengers to pick trotro from the main Neoplan station station as the Obra spot terminal was only an extension of that terminal or a satellite stop.