The Ghana National Cargo Transport Association has kicked against new ferry crossing increment by the Volta Lake Transport Company (VLTC) threatening demonstration in Afram Plains in the Eastern if the tariff is not reversed.
The Volta Lake Transport Company has announced a new ferry crossing tariff for Adawso to Ekye Amanfrom on Afram Plains in the Eastern Region which take effect from July 1, 2021.
Passengers fare have been increased from Ghc3 to Gh5 per adult while children under 14 years will now pay Ghc3 cedis each. Passengers with baggage weighing 25kG will additionally be required to pay Ghc10. A single axle load will now be required to pay Gh65 for the 30 minutes crossing of the Afram River while 5 axle 15 tones truck pays Gh300 per vehicle.
A fully loaded 60,000-liter Fuel tanker will pay Ghc700 while an empty truck of same tanker pays Ghc600.
The Spokesperson for the Ghana National Cargo Transport Association, Dickson Agyei Danso, also an Assembly Member in Kwahu Afram Plains South says the increment is outrageous given that, crossing tariff was increased in August 2020.
He is threatening a demonstration against VLTC if the decision is not reversed.
The Volta Lake Transport Company incorporated in 1970, operates river transport for passengers, bulk haulage of petroleum products, Cargo, large quantities of farm produce, significant quantities of cement, and other cross-lake ferry services along the Volta Lake.