not for hire

not for hire

[of a taxi] not available to take new passengers. The taxi was going to pick someone up at a nearby hotel and was not for hire. The taxi had a lighted sign that said it was not for hire.
See also: hire, not
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10 and 11, sheriff's deputies cited five to 10 On The Go drivers as they left the company's Lancaster headquarters, even though ``they were not for hire and were on their way to the city of Palmdale and other areas within the jurisdiction of the (county),'' the lawsuit says.
You can't prohibit travel in any city, especially if the cabs were not for hire.