UK INSTITUTE OF Highway Incorporated Engineers (IHIE) last week rejected a proposed merger with the Institution of Civil Engineers.
A majority vote by IHIE Council ruled that members would be better served by continued independence. It opted not to put the proposal to its full membership.
The decision appears to underline the on-going confusion and doubt over the credibility of the ICE's membership requirements - despite a recent overhaul to boost the status of all grades of member.
IHIE president Ian Bradfield said: 'Many IHIE members felt that in the past they were treated as second class members.
Regardless of recent changes, the perception is that the ICE has not changed.'
The apparent low conversion by ICE Associate members to Incorporated member, he added, showed that the ICE had not yet convinced engineers of its policy towards Incorporated members.
ICE vice president Colin Clinton dismissed the notion that ICE Incorporated members were treated as second class.
But he accepted the Institution may have 'taken its eye off the ball' lately with regard to maintaining their profile.
'I would suggest that the promotion of the Incorporated member needs to be boosted, ' he said. 'The ICE may have lost some focus. We have to look upstream and raise the profile of the Incorporated engineer.'
Deaths on US roads fell slightly from 41,821 in 2000 to 41,730 in 2001, the National Transportation Safety Board has revealed. Road deaths account for about 94% of all transportation deaths in the US, which last year increased 0.6% to 44,461. Air fatalities rose from 779 to 1,162 in 2001, largely as a result of the deaths resulting from the terrorist hijackings on 11 September.