Fuel shortage crisis leaves London taxi drivers unable to work amid panic buying.

Breaking news: London taxi drivers' access to fuel is a "massive worry" as fuel stations run dry across British cities.

A post-Brexit shortage of lorry drivers as the COVID-19 pandemic eases has sown chaos through British supply chains in everything from food to fuel, raising the spectre of disruptions and price rises in the runup to Christmas.

London taxi driver Paul Kirby, 56, said he was unsure whether he could work in a day's time, when he expects his fuel tank to run out.

Drivers queued for hours to fill their cars at petrol stations that were still selling fuel, albeit often rationed. At other stations, pumps were either closed or had signs saying fuel was unavailable on Monday.

Kirby wants taxi drivers and other essential workers to be put on a prioritisation list for access to fuel.

The Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), which represents independent fuel retailers which now account for 65% of all UK forecourts, said members had reported that 50% to 90% of pumps were dry in some areas.

Fuel suppliers said they expected the situation to get back to normal soon.

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