The Use of Armored Vehicles in Protective Services

The International Security Driver Association (ISDA) often receives questions concerning the use of armored vehicles in protective services. The following is an excerpt from ISDA’s 2021 Executive Vehicle & Secure Transportation Survey. The surveys have been conducted biennially since 2013. The 2021 survey includes:

  • Data on the types of vehicles used for Executive Transportation
  • The security driving environment they drive through
  • The use of rental cars, and
  • The vehicle type most often rented

We also collected data on hiring subcontracted security drivers.


Over the last nine years, the surveys have covered various aspects of secure transportation. The survey aims to examine trends and collect data to develop a broader perspective on the secure transportation profession.

Practitioners who participated in the survey represent the corporate, high net-worth, and private security communities. Thirty-seven percent of the participants are from the corporate community, twenty-three percent are from private security, and twenty-one percent are from high net worth. The participants have an average of fifteen years of experience.

Please keep in mind that while these may not be the best vehicles for the job, they are the most used, and although the ISDA is a worldwide Association, Most of the respondents are from the US – so it is fair to say that the results are US-centric.

The Armored Vehicle Data 

In 2021, Seventy-four percent of those who participated in the survey did not use an armored vehicle. Of the Twenty-Six percent who use armored vehicles, their vehicles are armored to levels B4, B6, and B7.

There tends to be confusion concerning levels of armor. Teijin is an international ballistics standards app that provides up-to-date figures of major international standards for different ballistic protection applications. The app is available for free on Android and iOS platforms.

ISDA Members can download the full 2021 Executive Vehicle Survey Results

Other Resources

2019 Executive Vehicle and Secure Transportation Survey Results Summary

Best Practices for Purchasing an Armored Vehicle

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