Here at DLR Transport we hold over 45 years’ experience within the transport industry. We recognise that our line of work hugely impacts upon the environment, which is why we aim towards achieving the highest possible environmental standards at all times. DLR constantly invests in it’s workforce and its equipment, ensuring staff are fully trained and the equipment used is of the highest standard.
We hold larger vehicle combinations and utilise effective load planning, which not only reduces the environmental impact but also means less road congestion. Additionally by continually investing in our fleet equipment ensures that the DLR fleet complies with the stringent exhaust emission environmental standards, which significantly cut road pollution and damaging particulate release.
We have invested in specialist rear steer/urban trailers for Hanson Floors and Precast, delivering greater quantities per delivery. Less vehicles plus greater load quantity equals greener transport. Since 2011 we have been offering an in- house driver training courses including techniques aimed at improving fuel economy, CO2 emissions, improving road safety and reducing vehicle accidents. Our workforce is committed to making each journey more efficient.
The year 2022 saw DLR make significant investment into the fleet, with the introduction of Renault T High 520 6x2 tractor units, the first of which hit the road in August with more planned to follow throughout 2023; all vehicles are equipped with four way camera system, proximity sensors and TomTom HGV specific satellite navigation systems.
The year 2022 also marked the passing of David Lewis Rogers, founder of DL Rogers & Sons Transport.
Whilst we all hoped new years 2021 would bring the end to the COVID - 19 pandemic, it was not to be. DLR maintained 100% employment for all staff, along with issuing a 27% wage increase for our drivers. Further investment was made in the form of five new NX series Moffett forklifts being added to the fleet along with four Scania S-series trucks including two Rigid bodied vehicles with Moffett capacity.
The Year of Covid-19. With what was to become a worldwide pandemic, DLR Transport along with all UK Businesses had tough decisions to make and uncertainty as to what direction the UK haulage industry would take. Ultimately both Managing Directors took the decision to retain 100% employment, and provide all employees with a means to retain their jobs ready for the moment when the Haulage Industry could get back to normal.
2020 will also be remembered for the year DLR's Superstock 600 rider Ben Luxton, took the top spot and overall championship win in the Pirelli Nation Superstock 600 Championship.
DLR increase the fleet with 6 new DAF XF Euro 6 Tractor Units, along with additional 36' Rear steering trailers to meet customer requirements. The DLR Workshop now provides maintenance and service to a wider range of customer's than ever before, with a four strong team of technicians, and modern workshop equipment. Finally the DLR sponsored Renault Clio competing in the MSVT championship finish's the championship 2nd place, bringing home silverware from 4 of the 6 rounds.
DLR develop their dedicated workshop with the introduction a tachograph calibration centre, along with investment into new maintenance equipment. An additional two rear steer curtainsider trailer are purchased to assist with fleet expansion, and Moffett demand. Finally to celebrate DLR's 45 Year of business, two Scania V8 Griffin spec tractor units were purchased and given there very own 45th Anniversary livery.
FORS accreditation is upgraded to Silver. The safety requirements in FORS are aligned with CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety) and operators accredited to FORS silver level are fully compliant with the CLOCS Standard. Website is upgraded to help showcase continued development and investment within the company.
DLR Transport join FORS (Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme). FORS encompasses all aspects of safety, fuel efficiency, economical operations and vehicle emissions. FORS is a voluntary scheme that helps improve operators’ performance in each of these areas. For vehicle operators, it offers peace of mind that they are meeting their legislative requirements, as well as helping to increase efficiency, reduce costs and win work. “FORS can help DLR Transport to stand out from the crowd and prove to current and prospective customers that we work to standards above the legal minimum” Neil Rogers, DLR Transport Managing Director"
Purpose Built Office and Workshop facilities are completed cementing the Tuxford office as DLR Transports Head Office. DLR Transports website goes live to market its services to a broader audience. Eight new Euro 5 vehicles are brought into the fleet.
Delivery volumes are increased despite the years bad weather - DLR Transport provide services to more customers than ever before. New customers include ASDA.
'Bell & Webster approach DLR Transport to become an appointed haulier'. Simon Foster joins as operations manager to continue with the expansion and diversification of the DLR Transport group. Fleet increased to accommodate new work load.
Due to the economic crisis, delivery volumes drastically drop, D.L Rogers & Sons are appointed as Hanson's sole haulage supplier due to their specialised equipment and level of service. D.L. Rogers & Sons start marketing themselves as the DLR Transport Group and Jo Toone is appointed as Transport Manager.
Two 8 wheel rigid's with Moffetts are acquired to service the new Hanson depot at Tytherington.
Additional office staff required due to increase in workload. Introduction of Euro 5 engine tractor units.
Two fully trained fitters are employed. Introduction of Euro 3 engine tractor units to fleet.
A review of transport operations leads to a greatly increased workload for D.L.Rogers and further investment in both trailer quantity and specialist trailer type. New specialised equipment includes: 36' rear steer trailers, 36' Moffett trailers, 4-way steer Moffetts and Step-frame trailers.
DLR purchase a yard, a bespoke hydraulic barrier grab and a large quantity of traffic barriers from Marshalls which sees the start of DLR's expansion into Concrete Barrier Services. DLR became a preferred supplier for several traffic management/ property security companies – Marshalls, Tarmac Highway Services, Premier Traffic and Pendragon.
Hanson purchases Marshall's Flooring. The introduction of the first Euro 2 engines into the DLR fleet (Friendly Emission Tractor Units).
With building sites getting smaller and rigid vehicles scarcer D.L.Rogers asked by Marshalls Flooring to help with vehicle availability by purchasing specialised articulated vehicles. Trailer types purchased – 36' short trailers which soon proved extremely successful in accessing smaller sites with greater tonnage delivered thereby reducing Marshalls lead times and costs. New customers included A & B Retail Services utilising the moffett for delivering refrigeration units into Tesco and Asda supermarkets.
Trailer types are purchased- 30' and 36' short trailers which are proved to be extremely successful in accessing smaller sites with greater tonnage delivered - resulting in reduced lead times and costs. New customers including Tesco and Asda supermarkets utilise the Moffett for delivering refrigeration units.
David Rogers retires and gives the company to Paul and Neil - D. L. Rogers & Sons Limited is formed.
The success of the Moffett Mounty forklift leads to other specialist equipment being purchased by D. L. Rogers that would help take the Pre-cast Flooring Division forward within the market place. Key focus was given to all service aspects which lead to Marshall Flooring (Hanson 2002) becoming reputedly the best service provider within the market place.
The success of the Moffett Mounty forklift leads to other specialist equipment being purchased and Marshall Flooring (Hanson 2002) is introduced to the company - becoming the best service provider within the market place.
'Quality of service starts to become a key point of difference between hauliers'.
D. L. Rogers become the best haulier able to constantly meet exacting service level needs.
D. L. Rogers directly supply a rigid and 2 articulated vehicles to Marshall Mono, Concrete Flooring Manufacturers based at Hoveringham. The start of a long lasting relationship.
Neil Rogers joins the company.
Paul Rogers the eldest of his two sons joins the company.