We bring to our readers how much they need to add to their existing fares when paying for trotro services. This table is based on the 10% official increment though for reasons of approximation and convenience you may find some increases showing as 11%+-
We shall post fares to all destinations in due course.
Our readers may recall our post on June 11, 2018 titled Varying increment of trotro fares in which story we mentioned that there appears to be a variation in the trotro charges in the city, our sampling shows the rate of increase is greater than the publicly announced 10%.
Nkrumah Circle to Accra was GHS 140, is now GHS 160
Nkrumah Circle to Palm Wine at Labadi was GHS 180, is now GHS 2
Accra to Kaneshie was GHS 140, is now GHS 160.
These trotro fares are charged at all operator terminals; suggesting that the GPRTU, Coop and GRTCC have agreed to charge above the publicized 10%.
Some trotro unions across the city have increased their transport fares by 10%. The fare increase is in response to higher cost of operating transport services. In Ghana, determination of trotro fares are typically held with Government but over the past year, the unions have not been able to get the new administration to accept fare increases notwithstanding their justification that operational costs have gone high.
The trotro operators mention that taxation on fuel keeps going up and that drives fuel prices to increment as well. They also speak about cost of high cost replacement parts.
Per mutual understanding between government and the trotro owners, fare increments will be announced twice a year and that agreement had been honored by the previous administration. But its speculated that the new government would not want to incur the displeasure of commuters with such an announcement and had therefore sought to defer such increases.
Transport fares are sensitive in the city because 70% of commuters rely on trotro buses for carriage.
We shall update our trotro fare schedules in due course.
Trotro fares in Accra were recently increased by a 15% margin. We publish below the fare as it was in 2016 and as it is now. Please note that GPRTU calculates the trotro fares in bands and prices are rounded off in many instances so not every fare will be exactly 15% increase.
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.
Trotro fares will be increased soon. Each year, the fares are reviewed upward twice to adjust for increase in fuel prices and inflation. Already fuel prices have been increased by 11%, making a upward review by the transport companies imminent.
Pictured here is the forecourt of the Greater Accra regional secretariat of the GPRTU, the transport oversight association, located at Kinbu, Tudu, Accra Central.
Accra trotro fares increase. After much deliberation involving road transport stakeholders, fares for trotro buses will now increment by 15%. The new prices take effect immediately. According to the transport unions, the upward review was long overdue, citing many changes that had occurred over the past year. They mentioned upward review of prices for auto spare parts and maintenance of vehicles as the reasons why the fares should have been increased long ago.
Officially, the new trotro fares should affect today but typically, enforcement of the new fares take effect the day after announcement so commuters can prepare to pay higher after they leave home next day. Nevertheless, some inconsiderate Accra trotro drivers will mark up prices as soon as the new fares are declared. Even in these circumstances, passengers who complain they do not know about the increment will pay old prices.
The increase in Accra trotro fares has been largely triggered by the January 4, 2016 increase in fuel prices by Oil Marketing Companies in Ghana but the increment has been tarried because Usually, government, acting through the agency of the Ministry of Transportation, will negotiate with private transport owners to be very considerate in pricing because a large number of commuters in Accra, the capital city of Ghana, rely on trotro. Even if the fuel increase had not come about, the Unions, by standard practice, would have adjusted trotro faces as an annual procedure.
Accratrotro.com will begin publishing the full schedule of the new Accra fares this week. When published, the new fares will appear on the ROUTES and FARES section of the website and be also available via site or Google search.
Update – It has just been announced that fuel prices have gone down by up to 9%. This decrease will not however affect the trotro bus fare increment.
Trotro bus stakeholders will meet tomorrow to decide on new trotro fares. It may be recalled that fuel prices have gone up at the onset of the new year but trotro prices remained the same because the union leaders were waiting for all stakeholders to meet over increases.
It is very certain that a new price will emerge after their meeting Thursday in Accra, the capital city. Typically, it will be an upward percentage review. Though gasoline is not the only factor that influences trotro prices, it is estimated that the new price will be about 17% because petroleum costs also incremented by that margin.
In Ghana, fuel prices as well as transport fares are not controlled by Government but rather set by operators and unions.
Ghana private transport stakeholders including the GPRTU, Ministry of Transportation and the GRTCC have agreed to wait till next week before they decide on new trotro fares. The decision is to enable the group take into consideration new road toll prices which are reviewed periodically. The decision to increase was first prompted by an upward review in the prices of petroleum. In Ghana, the prices of fuel are not set by government but the state takes part in transport price negotiations because the Ministry of transpiration represents the public interest.