This link makes great reading from Hansard 1907. here's a taster from the Earl Russell and one from Lord Montague of Beaulieu whose descendents now own the wonderful motorcycle musuem in the UK. "There are many objections of the most serious character to an artificial speed limit quite apart from the objection of the motorist himself. One objection is that it makes into a crime an act which may not be criminal or anti-social in its character. It is impossible for anyone to say that it is always and in all places an anti-social act to go over twenty miles an hour. What it is possible to say and what ought to be emphasised, though it is not emphasised now, is that it is an anti-social act, and should be a criminal act, to drive in such a way as to endanger any other human being." Lord Montague: "I am entirely in sympathy with what the noble Earl said with regard to police traps. In my opinion they are manifestly absurd as a protection to the public, and they are used in many counties merely as a means of extracting money from the passing traveller in a way which reminds one of the highwaymen of the Middle Ages." http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/lords/1907/jul/16/motor-car-legislation It seems clear to me that the game was as transparent then as it is now.