The Associação Nacional dos Transportadores Rodoviários em Automóveis Ligeiros (ANTRAL) is a national taxi association representing companies that carry out the activity of road passenger transport in cars for hire or reward. ANTRAL was formed in 1975 and is headquartered in Lisbon and operates throughout Portugal with offices in Castelo Branco, Viseu, Porto, Coimbra, Évora and Faro.
ANTRAL’s mission is to defend the interests of its members and safeguard their corporate values. It plays a significant role in defining the legislation of the taxi sector in Portugal and negotiating its collective bargaining agreement. ANTRAL is also involved in outlining pricing, tax, parking and licencing regulations.
ANTRAL works to improve the mobility and efficiency of the Portuguese transport system by providing professional training, medical examinations and insurance for companies licencing vehicles and issuing driving licences. Through its involvement in the governance areas of the Economy of the Environment and Transport, ANTRAL plays a pivotal role in promoting all public policies related to the economy, transport, environment, employment and road safety.
The association collaborates with the government and with city councils to offer flexible door-to-door transport, drivers’ safety, environmentally-conscious policies and social support. Through the establishment of the ANTRAL Foundation and the Private Institution for Social Solidarity they have funded a fuel station in Lisbon and are currently building a day care and providing home support for taxicab professionals and their families.