Timothy M. Bussard, CDS, ASC, TSSP, WSO-CSSD Commercial Transportation Expert

Timothy M. Bussard, Commercial Transportation Expert

Tim Bussard is a commercial transportation and warehousing expert with more than a twenty year track record of safety and training. He applies his expertise to Motor Carrier operations and regulatory compliance, as well as warehousing, distribution, and cargo claims.

Tim holds a Class “A” Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and has logged over one million miles as a commercial driver. His experience behind the wheel includes five years as an owner/operator, as well as 12 years as a driver for national and regional trucking corporations. Prior to joining Robson Forensic, Tim was responsible for DOT, FMCSA and OSHA training and compliance for a major nationwide Motor Carrier with over 2000 CDL drivers. Tim is an experienced tractor trailer driving instructor, and has also provided defensive driving instruction to thousands of professional truck drivers. Tim has extensive experience in OSHA compliance as it relates to the transportation industry. He has created and managed accident and injury reduction programs for warehousing and distribution facilities as well as truck repair facilities. Tim has conducted countless accident and injury investigations to determine origin and root cause, and to create effective countermeasures to prevent their reoccurrence.

Tim has successfully navigated through Federal Department of Transportation Compliance Reviews and OSHA audits on the Federal and State level for multiple Major Motor Carriers.

Tim is recognized by the North American Transportation Management Institute as a Certified Director of Safety (CDS). He holds additional safety certifications through the FMCSA and OSHA. Tim is a member of Maryland Motor Truck Association, North American Transportation Management Institute, and the National Safety Council- Chesapeake Region.

Commercial Motor Vehicle: Driver actions, safe operation, pre and post trip inspections.

DOT, OSHA, and Federal Motor Carrier Compliance: Hours of Service, CDL driver hiring standards, CDL Driver Qualification Files.

Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA): Corporate and Driver Safety Measurement, methodology training and assessment.

Federal Hours of Service Regulations: Logbook audits, driver training, vehicle tracking systems (Qualcomm, Xata, Omnitracs, Peoplenet) Form and manner and accountability.

Training: Commercial driver, warehouse, vehicle maintenance, operations training on Federal/DOT and OSHA Regulations.

Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA): Hazardous communication policy, emergency action policy, lock out/ tag out policy, personal protective equipment policy, powered industrial trucks policy, blood borne pathogens policy, facility inspection and training.

Intermodal Operations: Rail and overseas container/ chassis loading and unloading and transport.

Roll Off Operations: Roll Off dumpster operations, loading & unloading and transport.

Flatbed Operations: Flatbed operations, load securement, loading, unloading and transport.

Tanker Operations: Compartmentalized and bulk transport. Liquid hazardous petroleum and nonhazardous products, loading, unloading and transport.

Fleet Safety and Compliance: CDL and non-CDL motor vehicle safety and compliance, auditing, implementing and training fleet safety programs.

Passenger Transportation: Taxi, livery, bus, limousine, passenger safety, paratransit, non-emergency medical transportation, vehicle, and public transportation operations.

Training: Commercial driver, warehouse, vehicle maintenance, and operations training on Federal and DOT, and OSHA Regulations.

Motorized Non- Highway Shuttle Operations: Private and public tram operations, passenger transport hay wagons, passenger transport golf carts.

Professional Experience

Robson Forensic, Inc.

Associate

2014 to present

Provide technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving commercial transportation and warehousing.

Bussard Enterprice, LLC

Owner

2020 to present

Responsible for fleet safety, security, and compliance for CDL and non-CDL, commercial and non-commercial motor vehicle fleets; auditing, risk assessments, implementing and training fleet safety programs. FMCSA Entry Level CDL Training Instructor Approved.

Stretched to the Limit Limousine Service, Inc., Manchester, MD

Owner
President
Professional Chauffeur

2015 to 2017

Responsible for vehicle maintenance scheduling and compliance, driver hiring, qualifying, training, compliance, and scheduling. Maryland State Public Service Commission licensed individually and as a corporation, Department of Transportation registered interstate passenger motor carrier. Provide passenger transportation services.

Taylor Transportation Consultants, Arnold, MD

Transportation Consultant

2012 to present

Responsible for fleet safety and compliance for CDL and non-CDL, commercial and noncommercial motor vehicle fleets; auditing, implementing and training fleet safety programs.

Cowan Systems, Baltimore, MD

Regional Safety Specialist

2012 to 2014

Safety, compliance and oversight for a 2400 tractor nationwide Motor Carrier. Driver orientations, training, DQ Files, FMCSR & CSA compliance and training, Accident claim tracking and reviews, investigations and rehabilitation, D.O.T. & OSHA Inspections and investigations, EOBR auditing and training that includes Qualcomm in cab and administrative, Vehicle Inspection and Federal Compliance training for over 30 contracted Agencies, and over 800 Owner Operators.

All Stretched Out Limousine, Linthicum, MD

Professional Limousine Chauffeur/ Trainer

2002 to 2015

Client transportation to and from various locations. I also trained new drivers on operational, safety and paperwork procedures. This includes road testing the drivers.

NAPA Transportation, Mechanicsburg, PA

Safety and Training Manager

2011 to 2012

Department Coordinator and Supervisor of Safety for a fleet of 325 power units and 900 trailers. CDL Driver Recruiting, Driver orientations, Driver training, Employment Verifications, F.M.C.S.R. & CSA compliance and training, Accident claim tracking, and insurance filing, investigations and rehabilitation, D.O.T. & OSHA Inspection investigation, EOBR Auditing and training that includes Xata and Qualcomm in cab and Administrative, Filing for State permits. Employee evaluations, Time tracking, and Profit and Loss.

T&T Bussard Transportation L.L.C., Manchester, MD

V.P. Safety/ Operations/ Owner

2006 to 2011

Responsibilities were Company Leasing Accounts, Vehicle Maintenance, Acquiring Corporate fuel account, Driver hiring and training, Log auditing, Dispatching, Scheduling, Employment verifications, Accident claim tracking, investigation, and rehabilitation, F.M.C.S.R. compliance and training, D.O.T. Inspection and Investigations, Hazardous Material training, Payroll, Acquiring and negotiating Workman’s Compensation, Bobtail, Liability, and Medical Insurance, I.F.T.A Fuel Tax tracking, State and Federal tax and quarterly filing, Customer service. I was also an Operator of a commercial motor vehicle. Loading and hauling freight to various locations along the east coast while complying with all local, state and federal regulations.

All Waste Roll Off Services Inc., Linthicum, MD

Director of Safety/ Operations

2006

Department Coordinator of Safety, Recruiting, Driver orientations, Driver training, Employment Verifications, F.M.C.S.R. compliance and training, D.O.T Inspections and Investigations, Dispatching drivers, CDL driver DQ files.

O.S.T. Trucking Co, Inc., Baltimore, MD

Director of Safety/ Training

2005 to 2006

Department Coordinator of Safety, for a fleet of 180 power units and 300 trailers, that included, Recruiting, Driver orientations, Driver training, Employment Verifications, F.M.C.S.R. compliance and training, Accident claim tracking, investigations and rehabilitation, D.O.T. Inspection investigation, tracking and training, Log Auditing and training, Filing for State permits, and Hazardous Material compliance.

Bond Transfer Co, Inc., Baltimore, MD

Director of Safety/ Safety Supervisor

2003 to 2005

Department Coordinator and Supervisor of Safety for a fleet of 250 power units and 350 trailers, that included, Recruiting, Driver orientations, Driver training, Employment Verifications, F.M.C.S.R. compliance and training, Accident claim tracking, investigations and rehabilitation, D.O.T. Inspection investigation, tracking and training, Log Auditing and training, Filing for State permits, Hazardous Material. Responsible for 1.5MM Transportation account, including Hiring, Scheduling, Training, Employee evaluations, Time tracking, and Profit and Loss.

Bond Transfer Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD

Class “A” CDL Driver

2002 to 2003

Perform a daily pre-trip and post-trip inspection of assigned Commercial Motor Vehicle, complete a daily driver logbook, following appropriate F.M.C.S.R. and D.O.T. regulations. I was also responsible for picking up and delivering freight to various client and customers.

Charm City Limousine, Glen Burnie, MD

Professional Limousine Chauffeur

2000 to 2002

Transporting clients to and from various locations.

White Rose Paper Co, Inc., Baltimore, MD

Assistant Warehouse Manager

1994 to 2002

Supervised and directed activities of employees for a pick, pack and load system. Managed employees’ time sheets. Completed truck routing. Completed monthly logbooks on employee progress. Completed annual evaluations on all employees. Handled customer feedback. Made deliveries in Non-CDL and CDL required vehicles when necessary.

CDL Route Driver/ Warehouseman 1994-1998
Performed freight delivery and pick-up with a commercial truck. Performed general warehouse duties. Forklift operation.

Professional Credentials

  • US Department of Transportation-Transportation Safety Institute, Transit Safety and Security Program - Bus Certificate (TSSP)
  • US Department of Transportation-Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; Approved Entry Level CDL Training Instructor.
  • North American Transportation Management Institute, Director of Safety
  • National Safety Council, Advanced Safety Certification
  • World Safety Organization-Certified Safety & Security Director
  • Class B CDL
  • Class A CDL
  • Maryland Public Service Commission/Passenger For-Hire Driver’s License
  • HazMat, Doubles/Triples and Tanker Endorsements
  • Passenger Endorsement for Commercial Driver License (CDL)
  • Certification in Powered Industrial Trucks
  • Federal TWIC Certification

Education and Training

  • US Department of Transportation-Transportation Safety Institute, Advanced Problems in Bus Collision Investigation, 2019
  • US Department of Transportation- Transportation Safety Institute, Fundamentals of Bus Collision Investigation, 2019
  • US Department of Transportation -Transportation Safety Institute, Effectively Managing Transit Emergencies, 2019
  • US Department of Transportation- Transportation Safety Institute, Transit System Security, 2019
  • US Department of Transportation -Transportation Safety Institute, Transit Bus System Safety, 2019
  • National Safety Council, Safety Management Techniques, 2017
  • National Safety Council, Principles of Occupational Safety and Health, 2017
  • National Safety Council, Safety Training Methods, 2017
  • University of Central Florida/ North American Transportation Management Institute. Accredited Degree for Certified Director of Safety, 2017
  • University of Central Florida/ North American Transportation Management Institute. Accredited Degree for Certified Director of Safety, 2014
  • North American Transportation Management Institute, Motor Fleet Safety Basics & Managing Motor Fleet Safety Programs. Training for the Safety Director. Course Certifications, 2013
  • Airpack Dangerous Goods Specialist, Hazardous Materials in Ground Transportation Certification, 2013
  • National Safety Council Baltimore, MD OSHA Inspection & Training Certification, 2012
  • HM-126 Training (HazMat), 2006
  • Maryland Motor Truck Association, Federal Motor Carrier Regulation, Baltimore, MD, 2005
  • American Management Association, Certification for Management Skill and Techniques for New Supervisors, Washington, DC, 2000 Western School of Technology Certificate in Construction, Baltimore, MD, 1994

Professional Memberships

  • National Safety Council (NSC)
  • Maryland Motor Truck Association (MMTA)
    • State Truck Driving Championship Committee Member
  • North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI) American Trucking Association
    • National Truck Driving Championship Judge
  • Maryland Public Service Commission (MDPCS)
  • United States Department of Transportation
  • World Safety Organization (WSO)

Presentation

  • Philadelphia Bar Institute, Truck Accident Litigation 2019, The Starting Point: Know the Regulations! February 22, 2019
  • Philadelphia Bar Institute, Truck Accident Litigation 2019, Truck Technology: Understanding Available Information, February 22, 2019

Other

I received the Eagle Scout award in 1993. This is the highest award in the Boy Scouts of America. This award shows the ability of leadership, good communication skills, and other professional abilities.

v. 06/21/22

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