I read with interest the article ICE beckons engineers from other institutions (NCE 5 July), since Engineering Council registrants of the Institution of Highways & Transportation (IHT) are identified as one of the targets.
I am pleased to say that the IHT has recently conducted its first round of Professional Reviews, and we are working very productively with our mentor body, the British Computer Society. Ironically, 90% of Engineering Council registrants who have so far chosen to be members of the IHT are registered through the ICE.
The EngC has always been against nominated bodies poaching each others' members. I am therefore at a loss to understand the ICE's stance. The article states that engineers and engineering technicians belonging to other professional institutions are being encouraged to 'develop their professionalism further' by switching to the ICE.
The IHT has received numerous enquiries in recent months from members of other nominated bodies regarding switching membership. Mindful of EngC policy, we have been most careful to avoid giving any encouragement for such people to do so, although later this year, our doors will be open to engineers working in transportation but registered through other institutions.
I look forward to the EngC clarifying its policy on institution relationships as a matter of urgency.
Allan Mowatt (F), President, Institution of Highways & Transportation