John Paul Transport: Celebrating 30 years of trading

At the age of 13 (thanks to my dad, John) I rented my first garage on Monks Road in Lincoln.

I loved repairing push bikes, motorbikes and mopeds, even the odd washing machine.

The other garages in the street stored a family car in it and maybe the odd lawnmower, not me, I had everything from stripped down engines, tyres, welding kit, push bikes, motorbikes, chains, sprockets you name it, I had it! I needed to take things apart to understand how it worked!

For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to have my own workshop and work for myself.

Leaving school at 16 and still wanting to work in the motor trade, off I went into the working world of engines and oil. Whilst working I also continued with further education and over a period of 8 years gained qualifications in a variety of transport maintenance subjects.

It was in 1990 when an opportunity to rent a workshop became available in Navenby, at MJ Greens yard. At the time I was employed by a coach company, my role was to ensure the upkeep and maintenance of a fleet of coaches and cars.

I couldn’t miss this opportunity, so I said my goodbyes to the coach company and took on the workshop in October, opening the garage doors in November 1990.

In 1992 I began to undertake Class 4 MoT’s, this then required employment of another mechanic.

I was still going to college at the time and it was one of my tutors who nominated me to take part in Yorkshire TV’s Enterprise ’92. The competition was in search for the region’s top young businessperson of the year. I got to the finals but was pipped to the post by a Masseuse in Scarborough. Not all was lost as I was awarded £1,000.00 as a finalist!

I continued to work hard and with the help of a small team of mechanics we continued to fix and MOT vehicles.

It was in 1997 when I bought a heavy recovery truck, I believe we were the first heavy recovery company to have a underlift truck in Lincoln. So instead of towing with a bar we were able to pick up trucks and buses. The benefits to this way of towing is second to none, from increasing safety, to not needing a second person to steer the towed vehicle to halving the job time.

Further growth in work saw us in 2001 offer Class 7 MoT’s, we could now test light commercial vehicles, such as vans, horse boxes and tipper trucks.

Again, as the business grew, we could see a need for introducing Class 1 and 2 MoT’s, so in 2009 we started testing mopeds and motorbikes.

November sees us enter our 30th year of trading and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers over the years and to staff past and present.

We plan to continue expanding out services and if you would a like quote or to discuss work on your vehicle please get in touch.