NHTSA Administrator Steven Cliff Leaves for CARB

Steven Clliff by C-SPAN

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Steven Cliff, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is stepping down from his post for a leadership role at the California Air Resources Board.

Liane Randolph, the board’s chairwoman, announced on Aug. 12: “Steve brings a deep understanding of the science of air pollution, along with a strong commitment and track record of promoting the solutions that deliver clean air benefits for all Californians, especially those living in communities impacted by persistent pollution.”

“His experience developing programs and incentives to promote zero-emission vehicles that protect communities from harmful air pollution, and his support for sustainable transportation and mobility options ensure a continued focus at CARB on equity that delivers low-carbon solutions where they are most needed,” she added.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg took to social media on Aug. 12 to praise Cliff’s contributions at the agency.

“Thanks to administrator Cliff for his tremendous service and leadership at NHTSA and his work to protect the lives of the American people by strengthening the safety of motor vehicles and reducing their emissions,” wrote the secretary, noting that NHTSA’s chief counsel, Ann Carlson, would manage the agency’s duties on an interim basis.

Cliff, confirmed by the Senate for the NHTSA post in May, had previously served as NHTSA’s deputy administrator. He told senators prior to his confirmation that his efforts would focus on autonomous vehicle technologies and myriad safety programs across the nation’s mobility corridors.

“I want to thank President Biden and Secretary Buttigieg for trusting me with leading NHTSA. It has been my honor to have the opportunity to work alongside an extraordinary team of professionals on a series of measures that will make vehicles more fuel efficient and safer for all Americans,” said Cliff.

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