ply for hire

ply for hire

To seek out or try to engage new customers. Said especially of taxi services. Primarily heard in UK. The city council has introduced new measures to crack down on the number of taxis allowed to stop outside of pubs and theatres plying for hire.
See also: hire, ply

ply for ˈhire/ˈtrade/ˈbusiness

(British English) look for customers, passengers, etc. in order to do business: There are plenty of taxis plying for hire outside the theatre.
See also: business, hire, ply, trade
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All the way up Whitehall there was one long line of taxicabs, unable to ply for hire or find their way to the garages until daylight.
Request for quote:allerdale borough council licence all hackney carriages that ply for hire in the allerdale boundaries and private hire vehicles whose booking office is in allerdale.
Example, a taxi from Bridgend drops off in Cardiff, they can legally ply for hire in the capital on these special days to help with getting people home safely and quickly without being prebooked.
And if we are sticking to 100-year-old laws it's also illegal to ply for hire in an hackney carriage without carrying a bale of hay.
Instead, drivers will be forced to ply for hire near the station, meaning that Network Rail's actions will simply inconvenience passengers by making them walk further to pick up a taxi.
As per the Maharashtra Motor Vehicles Act, Section 22 (d) 178 (3) (b), an autorickshaw or a taxi driver refusing to ply for hire invites a penalty of Rs100 and Rs200 (Dh5.
71) Legion Grove, Newcastle - Illegal Ply for Hire.
If approved by the full council, it will mean drivers can ply for hire and take their place on ranks anywhere across the county.
What is the regulation colour of the gondolas which ply for hire in Venice?
Abdul Sagheer, 46, of Blackwell Road, Foleshill, Coventry, causing a vehicle to wait in a road in contravention of an order made under section 1 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, 1984 and plying for hire for which a carriage licence to ply for hire had not been obtained, fined pounds 200.
A council spokesman said: "It is illegal for private hire drivers to ply for hire.
I can only hope that the Tourist Police will ensure none of them are allowed to ply for hire anywhere near our airports or train stations
These drivers pay PS1,100 per annum to ply for hire and to use the facilties at the airport - they provide taxis 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
We categorically do not provide shelter for any driver who may flout the law and illegally ply for hire.
He said: "Northumberland has a good number of hackney carriages that rarely, if ever, ply for hire within its area and spend most, if not all, of their time engaged in work outside its area acting for private hire operators over which it has no control.