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ply for trade

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 trade.
See also: ply, trade

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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Blueline would not say if the driver was still operating one of their fleet - but a spokesperson for the company said: "Blueline were not happy with the actions of the driver and in no way support nor condone illegally plying for trade."
A TAXI driver has been suspended after he was caught illegally plying for trade, it has emerged.
However a spokesperson for the company said: "Blueline were not happy with the actions of the driver and in no way support nor condone illegally plying for trade.
If those cars are plying for trade from people coming out of the bars then they are technically uninsured."
Jimmy is at pains to tell me that his main issue is the safety implications of private hire vehi-cles plying for trade with no insurance and if they have come from outside the city, no checks on who they are.
The police said that if the For Hire sign is not lit they are not plying for trade. If that is the case, given that the council fines drivers who park illegally on double yellow lines they would have a field day fining all those taxis parked up in Wood Street.
If a taxi is plying for trade then the light is lit, if it's not lit and is parked up, it's illegally parked and they should be fined like the rest of us.
The airport prevents cabs not employed by its contracted firm -Central Taxis - from plying for trade at its rank.
And what of the illegal taxis plying for trade and the neighbourhoods terrorised by youths?
But rather than pulling the taxis from the roads, council bosses are allowing the vehicles to continue plying for trade.
Muhammad Tajammul was taken to court by Gateshead Council as part of a crack down on Newcastle drivers plying for trade in the town.
TWO taxi drivers have been prosecuted and fined for illegally plying for trade on Coventry's streets.
Muhammad Tajammul was taken to court by Gateshead Council as part of a crackdown on Newcastle drivers plying for trade in the town.
A BERWICK-registered taxi driver has been convicted of illegally plying for trade in a landmark case.
He is the latest taxi driver to be prosecuted by Gateshead Council for illegally plying for trade in the area.