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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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"Private hire firms will be deducted points if any of their drivers are caught plying for hire, which should be an incentive for operators to be more accountable for their drivers' actions."
Gateshead Council head of development and public protection Anneliese Hutchinson said: "There have now been a number of successful prosecutions of taxi drivers illegally plying for hire in Gateshead since 2010.
No separate penalty was imposed for plying for hire.
ANOTHER taxi driver has been convicted of illegally plying for hire by picking up a fare on the wrong side of the River Tyne.
"All of these cars stopped were out plying for hire or were out working on bookings."
And it said that, after running the operation at the Liverpool-Spurs match, three private-hire drivers had been reported for prosecution for the alleged offence of illegally plying for hire.
The illegal plying for hire invalidated Taha's motor insurance as the journey had not been pre-booked through a licensed private hire operator.
Private hire companies whose drivers break the rules, such as by plying for hire or running cars in poor condition, will be penalised on the public rating system.
We tell them if they have been caught driving too fast or illegally plying for hire then don't come to us.
Anyone who applied for a licence but admitted they wouldn't be plying for hire in Northumberland would be likely to be refused.
How it would have worked Unreasonably prolonging a journey or overcharging: 4 points Failure to have a working fire extinguisher: 3pts Touting or illegally plying for hire: 9pts Failure to wear driver's badge: 4pts Eating food while driving: 3pts Carrying an offensive weapon in a vehicle: 6pts Failure to observe taxi rank discipline: 3pts Driving without a taxi driver's licence: 12pts Smoking in a taxi: 3pts Refusing to accept a fare without reasonable cause: 4pts
The current arrangements mean hackney cabs licensed in, for example, Blyth Valley are prevented from plying for hire or picking up fares at ranks in neighbouring Wansbeck.
Mohammed Ismith, aged 42, of Churchill Avenue, Foleshill, Coventry, was charged with plying for hire without a proper licence and taking as a fare a greater sum than was authorised.
Hackney Cab drivers said they will launch a series of 24 hour strikes from 8am on Tuesday if police and the council do not clamp down on private hire vehicles illegally plying for hire and the shortage of taxi ranks in the city.