Just a few days after Daimler announced its first conquest sales success with long time Volvo fleet, Nolan’s Interstate Transport, Volvo has issued a release announcing support for Nolan’s and sponsorship of a commemorative B-double set in the lead up to the “Lights On The Hill” convoy being staged this Saturday 2nd October.
Nolan’s unveiled the striking new commemorative B-double set which pays tribute to drivers who have lost their lives in transport accidents.
The new refrigerated vans, which have been sponsored by Volvo’s retail arm, Volvo Commercial Vehicles acknowledges 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.
The Gatton Memorial in the heart of the Lockyer Valley and hour west of Brisbane, is updated each year and is marked with a two-day convoy featuring drivers and vehicles from the local area’s transport companies.
The Nolan family is intrinsically linked with The Lights on the Hill Memorial, and as a pillar of the Gatton community for more than half a century, they participate every year and offer support in numerous ways, and as the Memorial has grown, so too has the Nolan involvement.
“It’s important to be with the drivers and wives who have lost loved ones and friends in the industry”, said Nolan’s Interstate Transport director, Flea (Adrian) Nolan.
“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,” he added.
Volvo Group president and CEO Martin Merrick was present at the trailer reveal along with assistant minister for Road Safety Freight and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz at the Nolan’s Interstate Transport head office.
“Volvo Group has a vision of the future where nobody loses their life in a road accident and 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,” said Merrick.
Assistant minister Buchholz echoed the sentiment saying it was great to see the partnership between Nolan’s and Volvo continue.
“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,” said Buchholz.
“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,” the minister added.
“I pay respect and tribute to all of those truck drivers lost on our roads, I think of them every time I hit the highway and these new trailers will honour those lost, their families, friends and be a visual reminder that we all have a role to play in being safe on the roads as we drive toward Vision Zero – zero road crash deaths and serious injuries on our roads,” Buchholz said.
VCV Australia sales director, Martin Lambert said the company’s customers and their drivers mean more to them than mere transactions.
“They are real people with real stories like the names on the wall at the Gatton Memorial, and are a part of a closeknit community,” said Lambert.
“I’m glad that we are able to play our small part in recognising not only the importance of the issue of road safety but the sacrifices all too often made by those that work at the coal face of road transport,” he added
“It’s great to have VCV and Volvo Group Australia involved,’ said Flea Nolan. ‘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.”
For more information on the convoy and how you can be involved visit the website: https://lightsonthehill.com.au/