In the UK, "electrical engineer" means "electrician" in American English. In all English speaking countries outside the US, "engineer" means "someone that makes something". In many cases, "Engineer" outside the US means "metalworker" or "mechanic" in US speak. The engineering boards don't persecute people for using the term loosely. In the US, the term is abused by the boards. PE should have a meaning. "engineer" shouldn't. It literally means someone that builds, maintains, or operates an "engine". So every car driver is, by language definitions, an "engineer". Though the engineering societies in the US have managed to get laws passed that re-writes the language.
And yes, that's a US-only phenomenon. If you claim PE status outside the US, the punishment is the same or worse than in the US, but "engineer" holds a special meaning in the US and only the US.
You shouldn't talk about other countries, since it looks like you've never visited any.