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Nolan’s and Volvo combine for Lights on the Hill tribute

Commemorative B-double trailers a tribute those lost in accidents

 

Nolan’s Interstate Transport has unveiled a new commemorative B-double set in Lights on the Hill livery, paying tribute to those who have lost their lives in transport accidents.

Sponsored by Volvo Commercial Vehicles Australia, the new refrigerated vans acknowledge the Lights On The Hill memorial in Gatton and the sacrifices made by drivers and their families while keeping the wheels of the Australian industry turning.

Located an hour west of Brisbane’s CBD, the Gatton Memorial in the heart of the Lockyer Valley is updated each year and is marked with a two-day convoy featuring drivers and vehicles from the local area’s transport companies.

L-R Flea Nolan, Martin Merrick, Scott Buchholz, Darren Nolan and Martin Lambert

As part of the Gatton community for over half a century, the Nolan family is intrinsically linked with The Lights on the Hill Memorial, participating every year and offering support in numerous ways.

As the Memorial has grown, so too has the Nolans’ involvement, the company said.

“It’s important to be with the drivers and wives who have lost loved ones and friends in the industry,” Nolan’s director Flea (Adrian) Nolan said.

“To be involved is a particular passion of mine and it is great to see the event and the recognition it gets grow every year.”

The sponsorship by VCV Australia includes supporting the design and branding of the trailers, which in this case features a mural of the memorial wall in Lake Apex Park.

Volvo Group president and CEO Martin Merrick was present at the trailer reveal, along with federal Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz.

“Volvo Group has a vision of the future where nobody loses their life in a road accident,” Merrick said.

“Acknowledging and remembering the sacrifices made by drivers and their families while working to supply us with our everyday needs only reinforces our passion to achieve that vision.”

Buchholz echoed the sentiment, saying: “It is great to see the partnership between Nolan’s and Volvo continue here today, placing a strong emphasis on safety and reminding each of us, truck drivers and all road users about the importance of being safe on our roads.

“The Lights on the Hill Memorial is an important legacy of Australian trucking, particularly here in the Lockyer Valley, and I thank Volvo Group and Nolan’s for their ongoing commitment to Australian trucking, road safety and supporting a safer, more productive and profitable transport sector.

VCV Australia sales director Martin Lambert was also present.

“Our customers and their drivers mean more to us than mere transactions,” he said.

“They are real people with real stories like the names on the wall at the Gatton Memorial, and are a part of a close-knit community.”

“It’s great to have VCV and Volvo Group Australia involved,” Flea Nolan added.

“During my time spent with Martin Merrick, it is clear that he, and his team, are committed to safety and really care; it helps to have sponsors on board who are passionate about our industry and who help to make the event bigger every year.”

Before the trailers go to work behind a new Volvo FH16 hauling produce for Nolan’s, the commemorative trailers will take part in the Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy this Saturday, October 2.

For more information on the convoy and how you can be involved visit the website, here.

 

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