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As a chartered civil engineer I have always held high the principles of professionalism and the benefits it can bring.

We are recognised authorisers for UK passports and one of the few that may instruct barristers directly.

I was therefore most disheartened when, on renewing my car insurance last week, I found out that no insurance companies recognise a chartered civil engineer. It was suggested that I may be a chartered surveyor or a chartered architect - or even a chartered accountant! After some discussion, I had to settle for being a consultant.

This is one example where the ICE could help our cause - let's become a recognised profession and something worthy of paying our fees for.

Mike Vaughan (M), Atkins, Bristol, mike. vaughan@ atkinsglobal. com

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