Non-metropolitan councils can request to hold an alternative public holiday in their municipality – either a full day or two half days – in lieu of the Melbourne Cup holiday.

In those areas, the usual time-based 40km/h speed limits during school hours will be operational and enforceable.

And regardless of whether a school is open or closed, all sign-posted 40km/h zones will still apply.

It’s important to always drive carefully around schools to ensure the safety of students, parents and staff.

Drivers are encouraged to check the list of non-metropolitan public holidays in Victoria for 2018 on the business.vic.gov.au website.

For the latest traffic information around the state visit traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au or download the VicTraffic app via your app store.

If you see any hazards on our roads, please report them to the VicRoads Traffic Management Centre on 13 11 70, open 24/7. In an emergency, call Triple Zero.