The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has lifted restrictions that were placed on commercial vehicles and domestic flights to reduce their number intake as part of measures aimed at curbing the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
That means, commercial vehicle and domestic flights can now operate and load at fully capacity. The move forms part of the gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
In his 14th update on the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to Ghanaians on Sunday, July 26, 2020, the President said the decision was 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 added “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 the country.
The transport unions were compelled to reduce their number of intake in compliance with the COVID-19 social distancing protocols.
This, coupled with increases in prices of oil have not gone down with the transport unions with some of them beginning to charge exorbitant fares after complaining that they were incurring losses as a result of the restrictions.
The last increase in public transport fares was in September 2019 with a 10 percent increment.