Published on June 16, 2011, PHMSA’s final rule seeks to expedite the program implementation deadlines from those originally proposed. The deadline for operators to implement procedures regarding shift changes, roles and responsibilities, change management, operating experience, and fatigue mitigation is now October 1, 2011, sixteen months earlier than what was published in the proposed rule. The deadline for other procedures, including maximum hours-of-service and alarm management, is now August 1, 2012. Click here for the final rule.