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GTU presents proposal for transport fare increment to gov’t

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By Oumie Mendy

The Gambia Transport Union president has confirmed to The Standard that his union has sent a proposal for transport increment to the Ministry of Finance for their consideration.

Omar Ceesay said the increment is necessary to help drivers stay in business as fuel prices are skyrocketing.

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“We wrote to the government about the increment in transport fares, because we had an agreement with the government in 2021 that if fuel prices are increased to 20% the fares will be increased too. Now that the fuel prices have been increased to almost 41%, we wrote to the ministry of finance and we hope they will consider our proposal,” Ceesay told The Standard.

Ceesay said the government recently called a meeting with all relevant stakeholders in the transport sector to discuss the issue and there was a compromise reached by both parties.

“We are now waiting on their response but we have agreed on something already and that is there will be 30% increment for town taxis, vehicles charging below D50 will have 20% increment, those above D50 to D100 will have 15% and those above D100 will have 12% increment whiles there will be 10% increment on goods,” Ceesay said. “The Union is there to protect the welfare of its members who are the drivers,” he added. 

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Ceesay said the union has also written to the ministry of trade appealing for the government to develop an employment policy to provide job security for the informal sector.

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