Industrial development required the building of new roads. Jože helped build the first concrete road Kranj – Ljubljana with his truck. Cement for the road was being transported from the cement works in Mojstrana while the crushed stone was brought from the Zgornja Kokra quarry.
Every day Jože would transport the industrial products from Kranj to Ljubljana over the newly built road, whereas industrial raw materials arrived by train and he would transport them from the railway station to factories. He transported mostly rubber products (hot water bottles), textiles and Oven brand soap.
1940 – the beginning of World War II
The truck was requisitioned and taken away to Sremska Mitrovica, while Jože was mobilised into the army where he would drive a rescue vehicle.
After the war there was a shortage of everything yet the need for transportation was great just the same. So, my father and his friend Ludvik Starič (“the flying man from Kranj”) built a van from the remains of a German car by sawing through the wooden bodywork and fitting an open container at the rear end of the vehicle.
In the spring of 1950, my father bought an OPEL BLITZ truck with a 3.5-tonne capacity.
He used it for transporting mail. With this truck he drove his wife Poldka to the obstetrician Dr Andrejašič in Kranj in December of that year. Their son Aleksander – or Saša, as he is often called – was born during the drive. Father and son were together not only during the delivery, but ever since too, and so was the truck. An indication of how well the father taught his “Saši” and how good a student his son can be seen in the fact that when his father was injured, Sašo sat behind the wheel of the truck. But since he was only 7 years old, his mother came to his aid, operating the wheel while the gear lever and the accelerator pedal were Aleksander’s job. The little driver was trusted even by the police who issued a permit confirming that such a crew was transporting mail.
It was hard to be a craftsman in those times. There was no sick leave and they had to pay for medical services by themselves. Jože’s injury was very hard – he was burned when cleaning spare parts for the truck and was consequently incapable of driving for more than a year. The national regulatory framework was not supportive of craftsmen during that period either. For that reason, a fund for craftsmen was established, of which Jože Bizjak was also a member. Drivers and car mechanics also felt the need to found an association specific to their field of work. Thus, Jože Bizjak became one of the founding members of the Association of Drivers and Car Mechanics of Kranj.
When Jože retired in 1973, his son Aleksander Bizjak continued the road haulage business. The aspiring young man soon expanded their services. In Kranj the rubber industry had seen significant development. Aleksander would transport its products – mainly car tyres and V-belts – all over entire Yugoslavia. He would keep up with the developments within society and, since the period 1970–1980 was one of intensive construction works, he bought a truck, an MB 1626 dump truck with a trailer. He started transporting cement for Merkur shops in the Gorenjska region, and later for all their customers in Slovenia and Croatia. Soon the workload was too much for one truck to handle and so, in 1984, he bought a second vehicle, an MB 1638 semi-trailer truck. He hired his first driver, his nephew Igor Trilar.