Wheelchair users are not safe on Victorian public buses unless restraints are installed to prevent chairs from tipping over, a coroner has found following the death of an elderly man two years ago.

John Wilks, 76, died in hospital in 2017 from pneumonia caused by fractured ribs he sustained when his wheelchair overturned on a Dandenong-bound bus.

“Wheelchair users must not only be able to access public buses, they must feel safe on them, and they ought not be physically imperilled by the manner in which these systems are operated,” coroner Simon McGregor said on Wednesday.

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