Uber formally appeals decision to strip it of London licence

Uber has filed its appeal Credit: PA

Uber has filed an appeal against Transport for London’s (TfL) decision to refuse it a new licence.

Documents opposing the ruling were filed at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this morning.

The taxi-app firm had been set a deadline of 4.30pm today to formally appeal or go out of business in the capital.

Transport for London has refused the taxi-app firm a new licence Credit: PA

TfL last month refused it a new licence on the grounds it was not a 'fit and proper' operator.

Around 3.5 million Londoners are said to use Uber. An estimated 40,000 drivers rely on the company for their livelihoods.

Uber's new chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi met transport commissioner Mike Brown last week to discuss the firm's future in London.

The talks were described by both sides as "constructive".