Following debate on Facebook there seems to be some misconceptions about the structure of the club and why we are a Members Only club.
Back in 2009 it was decided to form a Ltd Company VVC (UK)LTD t/a Veteran Vespa Club. This was done to protect all member’s personal liability. Without the Ltd Company members were individually and collectively liable should the club be sued.To protect our members we became a Ltd Co by Guarantee which means that each member has a liability of only £1. In other words your own assets are protected. At the same time the club and its Directors became members of the BMF (British Motorcycle Federation) which also gave members certain protection. Our Insurance also requires that we are a Members Only organisation, otherwise the policy costs escalate.
As a Limited Company we become liable to Corporation Tax. To aleviate this cost we have to be a Members Only club and have the status of a Mutual Association for tax purposes.
The moment we open our doors to everyone, all our dealings with non members, even on an occasional basis, become liable to Corporation Tax. If we are seen to do this then we loose Mutual Association status. This could result in all membership fees, rally fees and shop prices increasing. Because of our relatively strong financial base we could sustain losses for a few years but not continually.Our events are therefore all Members Only.
Also there has been debate about road events. In todays world we are governed by RAC/ACU rules. We are not able in law, to do the things that we did in the 60’s like good old fashioned timed road trials.
Contrary to any opinion this club does not have a rule book. What we do and how we operate is governed by both the law and insurance requirements. We do have a constitution which states what we are about as a club. As a Ltd Company we are also subject to Company law, Tax law and our Memorandum & Articles of Association.
The club decision to restrict Facebook to Member’s only was as a direct result of the man hours required to moderate an open group, now a closed group and much more manageable.