- The name of the group shall be “The Electric Vehicle Drivers Association – United Kingdom”, hereafter referred to as the EVDA-UK.
The objects of the EVDA-UK shall be:
- To represent the interests of EV owners and drivers across the UK.
- To help encourage widespread uptake of EVs throughout the UK.
- To work with official government bodies, both local and national, to further the aims of the association.
- To work with vehicle manufacturers and dealers to further the aims of the association.
- To work with equipment manufacturers and suppliers to further the aims of the association.
The EVDA-UK’s objects must remain the priority, only in pursuing the Objects may the Management Committee exercise power to:
- Promote the uptake of EVs in the UK and to work with the relevant parties and businesses to improve infrastructure for the use of EVs.
- Work in partnership with other groups and organisations with similar objectives and beliefs to exchange information, advice and knowledge to achieve the aims of the EVDA-UK.
- Invite and receive contributions and raise funds where appropriate, to finance the work of the group, and to open a bank account to manage such funds.
- Publicise and promote the work of the group and organise events as appropriate.
- Take any form of action that is lawful, which is necessary to achieve the objects of the group.
- Full membership is open to all UK-residents who are EV owners or regular EV drivers.
- Associate membership is open to anybody who has an interest in assisting and supporting the EVDA-UK’s aims.
- Groups with compatible interests may join as federated group members, which will automatically give all members of the group the same benefits as associate members.
- Where it is considered membership would be detrimental to the aims and activities of the EVDA-UK, the Management Committee shall have the power to refuse membership, or may terminate or suspend the membership of any member by a majority vote passed at a quorate General Meeting.
- Any member of the Management Committee shall have the power to temporarily suspend membership of a member until the next General Meeting, however such suspensions are limited to a period of 60 days and members of the Management Committee may not be suspended in this manner.
- Any member of the association may resign his/her membership by providing the Membership Secretary with notice in writing.
- Management Committee
- The group shall be administered by a Management Committee of no less than three people and no more than ten, who must be at least 18 years of age. Members of the Management Committee will be elected for a period of up to one year, but may be re-elected at the group’s next AGM. Only Full members may be part of the Management Committee.
The EVDA-UK will have a committee consisting of:
- Membership Secretary
The committee will appoint a Secretary and any additional officers that it deems necessary to carry out the aims of the group, who will also be regarded as members of the Management Committee. More than one of the above named roles may be held by any one member of the committee, provided the number of committee members remains at three or more.
- General Meetings
- The EVDA-UK shall hold an Annual General Meeting within six months of the date of adoption of this constitution, and each year thereafter.
- The EVDA-UK shall aim for a total of four General Meetings per year, including the AGM, and these should be spaced as evenly as practical.
- The EVDA-UK understands the geographical challenges and so General Meetings may be held wholly or partly by way of electronic means, such as a Skype video call or Google Hangout.
- It shall be the responsibility of the Management Committee Chair to chair all meetings or a designated deputy in his/her absence. All meetings must be minuted and accessible to interested parties.
- A General Meeting will be regarded as quorate if there are at least two of the Management Committee present.
- Policy Statements
From time to time the association may publish policy statements, which are intended to clarify the objectives of the group. These should be treated as guidance for the interpretation of this document.
- New Policy Statements, or amendments to existing Policy Statements, must be agreed by a majority vote at a quorate General Meeting.
- Alteration of the Constitution
- Any changes to the constitution must be agreed by a majority of at least two-thirds during a vote at a quorate Special General Meeting. This vote must include votes from a minimum of 10% of the full membership, including written proxies.
- Any amendments to this constitution or dissolution of the group must be conveyed to the secretary formally in writing. The Secretary and other officers must then decide on the date of the Special General Meeting and give members at least two weeks’ notice.
- The group may be dissolved, if deemed necessary by the members, by a majority of at least two-thirds during a vote at a quorate Special General Meeting. This vote must include votes from a minimum of 20% of the full membership, including written proxies.
- Any proposal to dissolve the group must be conveyed to the secretary formally in writing. The Secretary and other officers must then decide on the date of the Special General Meeting and give members at least two weeks’ notice.