An overnight dispute involving truck drivers at Sha Tau Kok control point ended at lunchtime yesterday but only after causing a 2km tailback during the morning rush-hour. The row was resolved after a 2.5-hour meeting between drivers and Customs officials from Shenzhen and Hong Kong at which it was agreed a new traffic diversion arrangement would be implemented. The trucks began their blockade at 8pm on Thursday in protest at what they claimed was poor Customs efficiency on the Shenzhen side. Dozens of police were called in yesterday to maintain order as the truckers continued their protest. The drivers claim it takes them three to four hours to get through the border because of a surge over the past six months in the number of trucks carrying frozen meat that are using the checkpoint. At yesterday's meeting, Customs officials from both sides accepted the drivers' proposal to request trucks carrying frozen meat to use the larger crossing at Man Kam To. 'This time we will have to rely on the Shenzhen Customs authorities to do some co-ordination,' the chief organiser of the Joint Committee of the China-Hong Kong Transport Trade, Chiang Chi-wai, said after the meeting. 'Such co-ordination, we hope, can help China and Hong Kong drivers speed up the cross-border transit process.' But the drivers' action incensed Sha Tau Kok villagers. 'Their action has caused inconvenience to many people such as children going to schools and villagers from Sha Tau Kok since it takes an hour to get out of the area,' one said. 'We are not happy with what the trucks have done.'