DBL Logistics buys Scanias to meet growing demand


Sheffield haulier DBL Logistics has invested more than £500,000 into expanding its fleet to meet growing demand and help retain its HGV drivers.

The firm which is a founder member of UPN, will take delivery of three Scania R450s and three Scania P280s this autumn, expanding its fleet from 17 to 23 trucks.

Three of the new 30-foot vehicles will feature Scania’s latest Opticruise transmission, with the Scania P280s also featuring two-tonne tuckaway tail lifts made by leading Dutch tail lift developers, Dhollandia.

Speaking to CM, David Clarkson, DBL Logistics MD, said the latest additions to the firm’s fleet had been driven by an increase in work which has seen turnover rise by up to 5% over the past year. The firm has also recently opened subsidiary DBL Logistics (London) which will focus on the firm’s FORS deliveries into London.

Clarkson added: “Our fleet was predominantly MAN trucks but we are moving to Scania trucks because they offer better fuel economy and we liked the prices, which made it hard to say no.”

Clarkson said the purchase is also aimed at boosting driver retention levels: “The driver shortage is affecting everyone. Drivers are becoming like professional footballers, they know their worth. So as employers we are looking hard at the vehicles we are purchasing for our drivers and the fact is, drivers like Scanias,” he said.

Scania area sales manager John Crossland said: “It’s been great working with DBL Logistics to update their existing fleet of vehicles.

“This latest deal has been in the making for the past few months, and with DBL Logistics an industry leader in Yorkshire, it’s been fantastic working with such a forward-thinking, extremely well-run family firm. We hope this will be the start of an exciting partnership going forward.”