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Ghana Union of Traders Association calls for suspension of emission levy

February 3, 2024
GUTA's first vice chairman, Clement Boateng
GUTA's first vice chairman, Clement Boateng

The () is urging the government to abolish the recently introduced Emission Levy, which was implemented by the on February 1, 2024. The levy seeks to impose charges on carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from internal combustion engine vehicles.

This call comes in response to the Ghana Private Road Transport Union () threatening to raise transport fares due to the financial implications of the levy. GUTA's first vice chairman, Clement Boateng, expressed concerns about the potential adverse effects on businesses during an interview with ' Elizabeth Kabukie Ocansey.

“The impact it will have on businesses is that it is going to definitely affect the prices in one way or another because once the levy is implemented it means drivers are going to incur additional costs, and once they incur the additional cost, we don't have any option other than to pass it on to the consuming public,” Boateng explained. “That is the reason why GUTA would like to take this opportunity to add its voice to GPRTU that the government should suspend the implementation of this emission levy.”

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