Reader Haulage, the East Yorkshire general, bulk and abnormal loads specialist, has closed its doors in a managed wind-down after 48 years of business.

The company, part of the Reader Group, had been steadily reducing its fleet from 15 HGVs and 20 trailers until it surrendered its standard international licence to the office of the traffic commissioner earlier this year.

The remaining group divisions, vehicle maintenance and bulk discharge systems unit Reader Services and warehousing side Reader Storage, continue trading from its base in Brandesburton.

Company spokeswoman Nichola Reader said directors George and Geoffrey Reader were now in their late 70s and had taken the decision to close down the haulage operation in a solvent liquidation.

The company, which started in 1972, operated an extensive range of equipment including flats, extenders, low loaders, curtainsiders and rigids.