Commercial vehicles and aircraft in Ghana will now operate to full capacity as the country gradually eases COVID-19 restrictions.
President Akufo-Addo who made this known during a 14th address to the nation on Sunday said the decision is in consultation with stakeholders in the transport sector.
“Government has taken the decision to lift the restrictions in the transport sector and allow for full capacity in our domestic airplanes, taxis, trotros, and buses”, the President said.
He was quick to add that “the wearing of masks in vehicles and aircraft, and the maintenance of enhanced hygiene protocols, remain mandatory.”
The government early this month, increased transport fares by 15% following growing concerns among transport unions in Ghana after the government reduced the intake of passengers to maintain social distancing in buses.
The Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) earlier in July said it was making huge losses over the directive adding that an increase in transport fares or a return to the normal seating capacity of vehicles pre-COVID-19.
The last increase in public transport fares was in September 2019 with a 10 percent increment.
Commercial drivers were in March 2020 directed to reduce the number of passengers they take to ensure social distancing and help reduce the spread of Coronavirus in Ghana.
A group calling itself the Concerned Drivers Union had also threatened to increase its transport fares by 30 percent, following the increases in fuel prices.
Source: Daily Mail GH